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Children and their social relationships with pet dogs: Examining links with human best friendship quality and loneliness

By Jocelyn Mabee

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This study aimed to examine the quality of the childs relationship with the pet dog and whether it was associated with the quality of friendship with the childs human best friend or with the amount of loneliness the child felt. This study also examined whether the dogs temperament was associated with either of the two outcome variables. The sample consisted of 99 children ages 9-11 years from Northeast Ohio. The children filled out self-report measures and the parent filled out a questionnaire regarding the dog's temperament. No significant correlations were found between the child's closeness to the dog and loneliness. Children who reported more feelings of admiration and affection toward their dog also reported more positive friendship qualities and children who reported more nurturing and companionship feelings toward their dog reported more positive and less negative friendship qualities. The dogs temperament was also not found to be related to the child&apos quality of friendship or their feelings of loneliness.

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Katie Carroll

Date 2014
Publisher OhioLINK
Department College of Arts and Sciences/ Department of Psychology
Degree Bachelor of Arts
URL http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ksuhonors1399134925
Language English
University Kent State University
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Children
  3. Dogs
  4. Friendship
  5. Happiness
  6. Human-animal interactions
  7. Loneliness
  8. Mammals
  9. Pet ownership
  10. Pets and companion animals