Selected OHAIRE Publications - General Human-Animal Interactions

Companion Animals & Human Health

O'Haire, M.E. (2010). Companion animals and human health: Benefits, challenges, and the road ahead. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 5( 5), 226-234

Summary: This paper provides an overview of the theory and application of human-animal interaction for human health outcomes. It provides the history of the field and future directions.

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Human-animal Interactions in Families

Mueller, M. K., Fine, A. H., & O'Haire, M. E. (2015). Understanding the role of human-animal interaction in the family context. In A. H. Fine (Ed.), Handbook on animal-assisted therapy: Theoretical foundations and guidelines for practice (4th ed.). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Summary: This book chapter provides an overview of the ways that animals influence family dynamics and child development throughout the lifespan.

Animal Assisted Interventions in Hospitals

Abrahamson, K., Cai, Y., Richards, E., Cline, K., & O'Haire, M. E. (2016). Perceptions of a hospital-based animal assisted intervention program: An exploratory study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice25, 150-154

Summary: This study explores the effect of interacting with animals for staff in acute care hospital settings. Qualitative data methods are used to examine benefits and drawbacks, including reduced stress and increased social interactions. The effects of animals on staff, rather than patients, has been understudied and this serves as a starting point for further investigation in this area.

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Introduction

O'Haire, M. E. & Beck, A. M. (2018). Human-Animal Interaction Interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 6 (Special Issue), 1-2.

Summary: This publication gives an introduction to the special issue on Human-Animal Interaction Interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes Edition.

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Overview of Centers

O’Haire, M.E., Bibbo, J., Hoffman, C. L., Mueller, M. K., Ng, Z. N., & Buechner-Maxwell, V. A. (2018). Overview of Centers and Institutes for Human-Animal Interaction in the United States. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 6 (Special Issue), 3-22.

Summary: This publication provides a comprehensive overview of the academic human-animal interactions centers and institutes in the United States.

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Human-Animal Interaction Education

Erdman, P., LaFollette, M. R., Steklis, N. G., Steklis, D. H., Germane, M., & Kogan, L. R. (2018). Guide to Human-Animal Interaction Education. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 6 (Special Issue), 37-46.

Summary: This publication provides an overview of the current state of human-animal education. Along with synthesizing possible human-animal studies programs, it provides guidance to help guide students and their mentors navigate the human-animal field. It also includes an easy to use infographic guide.

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Assessment of Human-Animal Interactions

Rodriguez, K. E., Guérin, N. A., Gabriels, R. L., Serpell, J. A., Schreiner, P. J., & O’Haire, M. E., (2018). The State of Assessment in Human-Animal. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 6 (Special Issue), 63-81.

Summary: This publication provides an overview of the current state of assessment in human-animal interaction research. It identifies the current needs for method standardization, development, and refinement. It discusses questionnaires, physiological methods, and behavior assessments.

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Multicultural Human-Animal Interactions

Valiyamattam, G., Yamamoto, M., Fanucchi, L., & Wang, F. (2018). Multicultural Considerations in AAI. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 6 (Special Issue), 82-104.

Summary: This publication provides an overview of multicultural considerations in animal-assisted interventions (AAI). There is a growing expansion of AAI to multicultural populations outside of the US and Europe. Within the US and Europe, difference cultures may have difference attitudes towards non-human animals necessitating consideration and recommendations for these groups.

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