People have been bringing all sorts of “support animals” (e.g., peacocks, snakes and hamsters) into public places recently, arguing that the creatures should be allowed to fly on planes and come into offices or restaurants because they serve a mental health purpose. But what does an emotional support pet actually do, and does the designation really mean anything? Business Insider reported March 4. Forensic psychologist Jeffrey Younggren said scientists don't know if such pets do anything other than make somebody happy.” Younggren has spent years studying the growing trend of clients asking their therapists to sign letters certifying that they need an emotional support animal. On March 1, Delta started requiring anyone flying with an emotional support pet to sign a waiver stating that the animal can behave on a flight. The airline is also initiating other restrictions, including requiring proof of vaccination for emotional support pets and only accepting certification letters from a doctor or mental health professional. (In the past, travelers could easily pay for such a letter online.) United is also upping its policies, ABC News reported.
Mental Health Weekly – Wiley
Published: Jan 12, 2018
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