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The homeless and their animal companions: an integrative review

Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850, Visentin, D ORCID: 0000-0001-9961-4384, Thapa, DK, West, S, Raeburn, T and Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775 2019 , 'The homeless and their animal companions: an integrative review' , Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research , pp. 1-13 , doi: 10.1007/s10488-019-00967-6.

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Abstract

Research indicates a strong bond between those who are homeless and their companion animals. This relationship providesa number of benefits to the homeless person as well as to the animal, including safety, responsibility and improved emotionaland 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 companionpet. This integrative review examined the benefits and challenges of companion animals for the homeless to determine theconsistency of findings to aid better service delivery to the homeless population.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cleary, M and Visentin, D and Thapa, DK and West, S and Raeburn, T and Kornhaber, R
Keywords: homeless persons, companion animal bond, attachment, animal relationships, integrative review
Journal or Publication Title: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Publisher: Kluwer Academic-Human Sciences Press
ISSN: 0894-587X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s10488-019-00967-6
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