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The State of Animal-Assisted Interventions: Addressing the Contemporary Issues That Will Shape the Future

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dc.contributor.author Fine, Aubrey
dc.contributor.author Beck, Alan
dc.contributor.author Ng, Zenithson
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-29T21:20:10Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-29T21:20:10Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Fine, A.H.; Beck, A.M.; Ng, Z. (2019). The State of Animal-Assisted Interventions: Addressing the Contemporary Issues That Will Shape the Future. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, 3997. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/20/3997/htm
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1903
dc.description.abstract As the worldwide popularity of animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) increases, the field is quickly approaching a paradigm shift, adjusting its image to incorporate more evidence-based research and aligning its purpose for advancing a new future. Contemporary critical issues that confront the field today include, but are not limited, to research, animal welfare, practice guidelines, and public policy. This article will provide an overview of the history of AAI and the major milestones that the field has undergone. The current state of AAI research will be scrutinized, and the areas that warrant further study will be recommended. Special attention will be given to the current state of animal welfare in AAI, the research that has been done in the area, and practice guidelines that safeguard animal wellbeing. This article will then discuss how evidence-based research and animal welfare guidelines inform the development of comprehensive professional standards and influence changes in public policy regarding AAI. The authors’ perceptions for the field’s future trajectory will be presented, which will include solutions to move the field in the direction that best advances the human-animal bond in research, practice, and public perception. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.subject Research Review en_US
dc.subject Animal-Assisted Therapy en_US
dc.subject Pets en_US
dc.subject Companion Animals en_US
dc.subject Child Abuse en_US
dc.subject Child Welfare en_US
dc.subject Older Adults en_US
dc.subject Older Persons en_US
dc.subject Well-being en_US
dc.subject Social Support en_US
dc.subject Physical Health en_US
dc.title The State of Animal-Assisted Interventions: Addressing the Contemporary Issues That Will Shape the Future en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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