Human-animal bonds II: the role of pets in family systems and family therapy.

@article{Walsh2009HumananimalBI,
  title={Human-animal bonds II: the role of pets in family systems and family therapy.},
  author={Faust Charles De Walsh},
  journal={Family process},
  year={2009},
  volume={48 4},
  pages={
          481-99
        }
}
The vast majority of pet owners regard their companion animals as family members, yet the role of pets in family systems and family therapy has received little attention in research, training, and practice. This article first notes the benefits of family pets and their importance for resilience. It then examines their role in couple and family processes and their involvement in relational dynamics and tensions. Next, it addresses bereavement in the loss of a cherished pet, influences… CONTINUE READING

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