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The benefits of pet companionship in emerging adults

By Leighann DeMarco

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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.


Katie Carroll

Date 2012
Pages 49
Publisher SUNY New Paltz
Department Department of Psychology
Degree Master of Arts
Language English
University SUNY New Paltz
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  1. Adults
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. animal companionship
  4. Animal roles
  5. Cats
  6. Dogs
  7. Human-animal bond
  8. Loneliness
  9. Mammals
  10. Pet ownership
  11. Pets and companion animals
  12. Young Adult