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The benefits of pet companionship in emerging adults

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dc.contributor.author DeMarco, Leighann
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-28T20:05:18Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-28T20:05:18Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06-28
dc.identifier.other SF411.47 .D46 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/56834
dc.description.abstract The present study examines the benefits associated with pet companionship in emerging adults. Past research suggests that pet companionship can have many positive impacts on individuals’ lives; however, little research has explored pet companionship during the transitional developmental period known as emerging adulthood. Three hundred and seventeen participants completed an online survey which measured five dependent variables, including loneliness, stress, life satisfaction, pet attachment, and anthropomorphism. An ANOVA indicated that participants who own and live with their pets are more likely to report lower levels of loneliness compared with those who do not own a pet. Also, t-tests revealed a significant difference in self-reported loneliness between dog and cat owners, with dog owners reporting significantly less loneliness than cat owners. Overall, the findings suggest that there are benefits to owning a pet during emerging adulthood. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Pet owners - Psychology en_US
dc.subject Pets - Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject Pets - Therapeutic use en_US
dc.subject Pets - Social aspects en_US
dc.subject Human-animal relationships en_US
dc.subject Young adults - Psychology en_US
dc.title The benefits of pet companionship in emerging adults en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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