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The homeless and their animal companions: an integrative review


Cleary, M and Visentin, D and Thapa, DK and West, S and Raeburn, T and Kornhaber, R, The homeless and their animal companions: an integrative review, Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 47, (1) pp. 47-59. ISSN 0894-587X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10488-019-00967-6


Research indicates a strong bond between those who are homeless and their companion animals. This relationship provides a number of benefits to the homeless person as well as to the animal, including safety, responsibility and improved emotional and mental health. However, the relationship can also add challenges, including decreased access to accommodation, decreased effort to find shelter as a consequence, and emotional vulnerability relating to fear of losing their companion pet. This integrative review examined the benefits and challenges of companion animals for the homeless to determine the consistency of findings to aid better service delivery to the homeless population.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:homeless persons, companion animal bond, attachment, animal relationships, integrative review
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
UTAS Author:Visentin, D (Dr Denis Visentin)
UTAS Author:Thapa, DK (Mr Deependra Thapa)
UTAS Author:West, S (Dr Sancia West)
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
ID Code:134690
Year Published:2020 (online first 2019)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2019-08-29
Last Modified:2020-08-06

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