Special Issue "Human-Animal Interaction in Risk and Resilience in Childhood, Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.
Interests: human-animal interaction; adverse childhood experiences; stress and health; sexual and gender minority stress
Interests: human-animal interactions; animal cruelty; attachment to pets; pets; mental health
Interests: human-animal interaction; mental health; dogs; animal-assisted intervention; psychophysiological health
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
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Youths’ relationships with companion animals may confer both protective effects and pose risks to their health and wellbeing, and animal welfare. Although there is increasing evidence of associations between positive human-animal interactions (HAI) and behavioral, psychosocial, and cognitive functioning, there is limited research examining the developmental mechanisms through which HAI contributes to risk and resilience during childhood through the transition to emerging adulthood. There is also a significant need for research that examines connections between HAI and social and health inequities that face contemporary youth. This special issue will bring together diverse scholars to advance research on the role of short-term (e.g., animal-assisted interventions) and long-term (e.g., pet ownership) HAI in risk and resilience during the developmental periods of childhood, adolescence, and/or emerging adulthood. We encourage submissions that report on diverse samples, underrepresented groups, and test for possible differences in HAI across population groups. We welcome empirical contributions related to the aforementioned topics (including systematic reviews and qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods studies) and from various disciplines (i.e., psychology, social work, public health, and sociology).
Dr. Shelby Elaine McDonald
Dr. Roxanne Hawkins
Dr. Kerri Rodriguez
Prof. Joanne Williams
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Companion animals
- human-animal interaction
- child development
- mental health
- socioemotional adjustment