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Companion animals and health promoting work-life
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0886-7402
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4962-1540
2017 (English)In: Society and Animals, ISSN 1063-1119, E-ISSN 1568-5306Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Despite a growing number of studies on human-animal interactions, empirical data focusing on companion animals within the context of health promoting work-life is still limited. This article presents the analysis and discussion based on the perceptions of 22 students and staff members from the University of Gävle in Sweden on the potential of companion animals for supportive functions in health promoting work-life, as well as on the possible challenges of having companion animals within the premises of the University. Based on the findings, this article discusses that companion animals can indeed play vital supportive functions in health promoting work-life, which are presented in the text as: forcing function, communication companion, and social skills. However, this article also highlights the socio-economic, legal, and organizational challenges that need to be carefully considered and worked-out for having companion animals at workplace, such as university.

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2017.
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companion animal, health, health promotion, work-life, social support, workplace
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22411OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22411DiVA: diva2:971353
Available from: 2016-09-16 Created: 2016-09-16 Last updated: 2017-02-15Bibliographically approved

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