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An exploratory study of pet raising and health of the elderly people in Hong Kong

By Cheung Ming, Alfred Chan, Kam Wing, Kevin Cheung, Lam Fat Lo

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Abstract Pets such as dogs, cats and fish were popular in many other countries (Marx et al., 1988; Gammonley, 1991; Brodie & Biley, 1999; PIAS, 2002). In Hong Kong, pet owners increased to 0.26 million (Census and Statistics Department, 2006). Dating back to 1980s, a research study reported the association between pet ownerships and health benefits for humans (McNicholas et al., 2005). According to the report, domesticated pets brought a sense of companionship and provided pet owners with pleasure. These pets could be tools for enhancing human social relationship and could also provide their owners with emotional comfort. Recent studies also revealed that the influence of the complex and rich relationship between pets and owners might far surpass daily pleasure in terms of improving physical, psychological and mental health of the elderly
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Stephanie Schaffner

Date 2007
URL http://commons.ln.edu.hk/apiasmp/1/
Language English
Report No. 12
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Older adults
  4. Pets and companion animals
  5. Relationships