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The State of Assessment in Human-Animal Interaction Research

By Kerri E. Rodriguez, NoÈmie A. GuÈrin, Robin L. Gabriels, James A. Serpell, Pamela J. Schreiner, Marguerite E. O'Haire

Category Journal Articles

There is a growing body of research in human-animal interaction (HAI), but the field is often criticized for its lack of methodological rigor and heterogeneous outcome assessment. In addition, there is a scarcity of valid and reliable assessment tools specific to measuring constructs directly related to HAI. As the field continues to develop, there is a critical need for the consistent use of standardized, well-validated, and appropriate assessment tools. The goal of this paper is to provide an overview of the state of assessment in HAI while identifying current needs for method standardization, development, or refinement. Specifically, we review in detail the use of (1) questionnaires, (2) physiological measures, and (3) behavior assessment tools in the field of HAI while offering examples of successful application, describing methodological limitations, and providing recommendations for use in HAI research.

Date 2018
Publication Title Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin
Volume 6
Issue 3
Pages 63-81
ISBN/ISSN 2333-522X
URL https://www.apa-hai.org/haib/download-info/the-state-of-assessment-in-human-animal-interaction-research/
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted interventions
  2. Assessment
  3. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  4. Human-animal interactions
  5. Methodologies
  6. open access
  7. peer-reviewed
  8. physiology
  9. Questionnaires
  1. open access
  2. peer-reviewed