Special Issue "Human-Animal Interactions: New Perspectives on the Impact on Human Health and Animal Welfare"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.
Interests: human animal interaction, mental health; animal-assisted interventions; addictions; applied health research
Interests: human-animal interaction; mental health; dementia; addictions research
Interests: animal behavior; welfare and cognition; human-animal interaction and health
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Research evidence of the potential benefits of human–animal Interactions (HAIs) on human health has been steadily emerging. Broadly speaking, in a health and social care context, relevant HAIs include therapeutically targeted animal-assisted therapy (AAT), non-directive spontaneous animal-assisted activities (AAA), animal-assisted education (AAE), but also the quality of our emotional relationships with companion animals (pets) and assistance animals. Study populations of interest cover the human lifespan, with outcomes under investigation referring to a wide variety of physiological, psychosocial, emotional and behavioural dimensions. Despite the rapidly growing popularity of the view that HAIs are “beneficial” for human health, the evidence base remains quite limited, often with mixed findings. The need for more rigorous research has been identified. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this appears to be especially important as the impact of pet ownership has been a subject of much interest and intense lobbying.
The IJEPHR invites submissions to this Special Issue focused on research investigating the mental and physical health and social outcomes of human–animal interactions (including living with companion or assistance animals; AAT; AAA; AAE, and interactions with non-domestic animals/wildlife). Topics can include—but are not limited to—issues at the forefront of public health concern (e.g., social isolation and loneliness, mental health, addiction, obesity and heart health), with a particular (but not exclusive) interest on work considering the role of HAI in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies that include perspectives related to animal welfare and behaviour as part of their investigative remit are particularly welcome. Contributions may be quantitative, qualitative or opinion pieces.
We very much look forward to receiving your submissions.Dr. Elena Ratschen
Dr. Emily Shoesmith
Prof. Dr. Daniel Mills
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- human–animal interactions
- animal-assisted interventions
- animal-assisted therapy
- animal-assisted education
- mental health