Special Issue "Animal Assisted Interventions and Activities for Health and Wellbeing"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2017)
Prof. Joanne Williams
Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG, United Kingdom
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Interests: Child and adolescent health and mental health; Children’s understandings of mind, body and mental health; Developmental disabilities; Children’s and adolescents’ interactions with animals
Evidence is emerging, from a range of disciplines, on the positive impact of animals on human health and wellbeing. Interactions with animals and ownership of pets have been demonstrated to affect health among adults and the elderly. Research on younger populations is limited and there have been calls for further research to explore how pets influence child and adolescent health and development. Research on the “pet effect” on health is growing but many questions remain unanswered.
Research on animal assisted interventions, therapies and activities has a core role in this research area. While the practice of animal assisted interventions is growing, scientific research is needed to measure the impact on health and wellbeing and to explain the physiological and psychological mechanisms involved. Where research has been systematically reviewed there is evidence of positive effects, but the overall quality of research is often revealed to be weak.
This Special Issue will synthesize the evidence on the impact of animal assisted interventions for health and wellbeing. It will explore the impact of different types of animal assisted interventions, therapies and activities. It will consider the efficacy of animal assisted interventions for different groups, including: children and young people, the elderly, those with learning disabilities, and specific clinical groups. This Special Issue will provide a robust evidence-base to inform future practice and research.
Dr Jo Williams
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- animal assisted interventions
- pet effect
- animal assisted therapy
- animal assisted activities
- human-animal interactions
- mental Health