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Influence of pet ownership on self-esteem, life satisfaction and loneliness among over 65s in Ireland

By Gráinne Nic An Mháistir

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of pet ownership on self-­‐esteem, life satisfaction and loneliness in pet owners and non-­‐owners. Data was collected from 147 participants. Data was gathered by means of self-­‐reported questionnaires that assessed self-­‐esteem, life satisfaction and loneliness. An independent sample t-­‐tests showed that there was a significant difference in levels of loneliness experienced by pet owners and non-­‐owners (t (137) = -2.09, p = .038, 2-tailed). Additional t-tests showed there was no significant difference between pet owners and non-owners on levels of self-esteem and life satisfaction. A one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed there was no significant difference in loneliness, life satisfaction and self-esteem between owners of different types of pets. Author keywords: life satisfaction, self-esteem, loneliness, over 65's

Submitter

Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2013
Pages 52
Publisher Dublin Business School
Location of Publication Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Department Arts
Degree Psychology
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10788/1607
Language English
Tags
  1. data
  2. Health
  3. Life experiences
  4. Loneliness
  5. Pet owners.
  6. Pet ownership
  7. self esteem