A longitudinal study of the relation between acquiring a dog and loneliness
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Antonacopoulos, N. M. D.
This longitudinal study examined the effect of acquiring a dog using both an indirect and a direct measure of loneliness. The loneliness levels of 31 adults who acquired a dog and a control group of 35 non-dog guardians (non-dog owners) were assessed at baseline and 8 months. Results revealed...
Social acknowledegments for children with disabilities: effects of service dogs
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Mader, B., Hart, L. A., Bergin, B.
An examination of the potential role of pet ownership, human social support and pet attachment in the psychological health of individuals living alone
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Duvall Antonacopoulos, N. M., Pychyl, T. A.
While researchers have examined the relationship between pet ownership and psychological health among individuals in the general population, the few studies that have examined the possible psychological health benefits of pet ownership for individuals living alone have primarily been conducted...
Pet ownership, type of pet and socio-emotional development of school children
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Vidovic, V. V., Stetic, V. V., Bratko, D.
The current study was designed to compare the socio-emotional characteristics of school children pet owners and children without pets and to examine whether the type of pet is a variable which can differentiate the socio-emotional development of their owners. The subjects, 425 girls and 401 boys,...
Pet ownership in childhood and socio-emotional characteristics, work values and professional choices in early adulthood
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Vizek-Vidovic, V., Arambasic, L., Kerestes, G., Kuterovac-Jagodic, G., Vlahovic-Stetic, V.
The main goal of this study, partly retrospective in character, was to explore if and how pet ownership in childhood is related to several indicators of socio-emotional development, as well as work values and professional choices in early adulthood. The sample consisted of 356 students (200...
Friends and pets as companions: strategies for coping with loneliness among homeless youth
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Rew, L.
Companion cats and the social support systems of men with AIDS
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Castelli, P., Hart, L. A., Zasloff, R. L.
Children's Attribution of Needs and Feelings to Virtual Pets: Does Gender Matter?
Conference Papers | Contributor(s): Osborn, Elizabeth
Loneliness and pet ownership among single women
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Zasloff, R. Lee, Kidd, Aline H.
Potential benefits of companion animals for self-care children
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Heath, D. Terri, McKenry, Patrick C.
Pet ownership and socio-emotion of school children
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Zhou, Xia, Zheng, Ri-Chang, Fu, Na
Dogs, cats and Catholic parochial clergy in England and Wales: Exploring the relationship between companion animals and work-related psychological health
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Francis, Leslie J., Turton, Douglas W., Louden, Stephen H.
This study examines the theory that companion animals may contribute to the work-related psychological health of Catholic parochial clergy in England and Wales as a possible antidote to the personal and social loneliness of single celibate men. Data were provided by a sample of 1,482 Catholic...
Friends with benefits: on the positive consequences of pet ownership
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): McConnell, A. R., Brown, C. M., Shoda, T. M., Stayton, L. E., Martin, C. E.
Potential benefits of canine companionship for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Stern, S. L., Donahue, D. A., Allison, S., Hatch, J. P., Lancaster, C. L., Benson, T. A., Johnson, A. L., Jeffreys, M. D., Pride, D., Moreno, C., Peterson, A. L.
Pet ownership among homeless youth: Associations with mental health, service utilization and housing status
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Rhoades, Harmony, Winetrobe, Hailey, Rice, Eric
An Examination of the Possible Benefits for Well-Being Arising from the Social Interactions that Occur while Dog Walking
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Antonacopoulos, N. M. D., Pychyl, T. A.
A Pilot Study Assessing the Effectiveness of an Animal-Assisted Outreach Program
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Stewart, Leslie A., Dispenza, Franco, Parker, Lindy, Chang, Catherine Y., Cunnien, Taffey
Companion animals and loneliness: a systematic review of quantitative studies
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Gilbey, A., Tani, K.
The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate quantitative studies of companion animals and human loneliness. Five electronic databases (PubMed, Medline, Web of Science, Academic Search Premier, PsychInfo) were searched for articles on companion animals (including animal-assisted therapies...
Pet ownership and physical health
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Matchock, R. L.
Recovery from severe mental illness: How feline companions facilitate the process of healing
Theses | Contributor(s): Nelson, Heather Lindsey Howe
The animal-human bond: Health and wellness
Book Sections | Contributor(s): Friedmann, Erika, Son, Heesook, Saleem, Mudasir, Fine, Aubrey H.
Thinking about cats or dogs provides relief from social rejection
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Brown, C. M., Hengy, S. M., McConnell, A. R.
Past research shows that anthropomorphizing animals and non-human objects is correlated with unmet social needs (e.g., loneliness), and momentary feelings of social rejection can be soothed by thinking about a pet or by having a dog nearby. The current work tested whether thinking of names for...
Companion animals and child/adolescent development: a systematic review of the evidence
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Purewal, R., R. Christley, K. Kordas, C. Joinson, K. Meints, N. Gee, C. Westgarth
Childhood and adolescence are important developmental phases which influence health and well-being across the life span. Social relationships are fundamental to child and adolescent development; yet studies have been limited to children's relationships with other humans. This paper provides...
Can mental health interventions change social networks? A systematic review
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Kimberly Anderson, Neelam Laxhman, Stefan Priebe
Background Social networks of patients with psychosis can provide social support, and improve health and social outcomes, including quality of life. However, patients with psychosis often live rather isolated with very limited social networks. Evidence for interventions targeting symptoms or...
Using Interactions Between Children and Companion Animals to Build Skills in Self-Regulation and Emotion Regulation
Book Sections | Contributor(s): Wanda Boyer
Contributory Role of Pet Attitude, Attachment Styles, Social Support and Loneliness in Well Being of Young Adults
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Tapasri Das, Anindita Chaudhuri
Dog Ownership, Attachment and Overall Wellbeing among Young Adults
Theses | Contributor(s): Kasiani Michalopoulos
Social-emotional adjustment and pet ownership among adolescents with autism spectrum disorder
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Amanda Ward, Nicole Arola, Amy Bohnert, Rebecca Lieb
Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often experience poor social-emotional adjustment and interactions with peers, but taking care of a family pet may serve as a buffer. This study utilized 81 parent-adolescent dyads to examine how dimensions of pet ownership (responsibility,...