Human-animal bonds I: the relational significance of companion animals.

@article{Walsh2009HumananimalBI,
  title={Human-animal bonds I: the relational significance of companion animals.},
  author={Froma Walsh},
  journal={Family process},
  year={2009},
  volume={48 4},
  pages={
          462-80
        }
}
  • F. Walsh
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Psychology
  • Family process
The importance of human-animal bonds has been documented throughout history, across cultures, and in recent research. However, attachments with companion animals have been undervalued and even pathologized in the field of mental health. This article briefly surveys the evolution of human-animal bonds, reviews research on their health and mental health benefits, and examines their profound relational significance across the life course. Finally, the emerging field of animal-assisted… 
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