Fostering secure attachment: experiences of animal companions in the foster home

  title={Fostering secure attachment: experiences of animal companions in the foster home},
  author={Sam Carr and Ben Rockett},
  journal={Attachment \& Human Development},
  pages={259 - 277}
ABSTRACT This study sought to use attachment theory as a lens through which to explore children’s relationships with animal companions in the context of long-term foster care. Inductive and deductive thematic analyses of longitudinal case study data from eight children and their foster families suggested (a) that children’s relationships with animal companions satisfied attachment-related functions in their own right and (b) that animal companions also helped to soften perceptions of foster… 
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