Considering Animals in Rehabilitation Psychology

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Rehabilitation psychology is based on the biopsychosocial model of health and thus includes attention to psychosocial support needs after loss of somatic functions. Human–animal interaction may augment several kinds of treatment and support. Both fields are relatively new, and their intersection has been sparsely explored. This article introduces the fields, elaborates on three intersections between them, and discusses psychologists’ roles in these. The elaborations are based on reviews and exemplars of contributions in human-animal interaction research, and we advocate and apply the IAHAIO standards for terminology and human and animal welfare that have become the consensus view for about 100 organizations across the globe.
TidsskriftThe Humanistic Psychologist
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)142-149
StatusUdgivet - 2023

Bibliografisk note

Funding Information:
Some ideas in the present article have previously been discussed in a Danish book chapter (Hansen, 2018),a talk at the 2019 Nordic Network for Disability Research Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, and a poster at the 2019 Congress of the American Psychology Association in Chicago, IL

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© 2021 American Psychological Association


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