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"Calm or Chaos" : assessing the human-animal bond and its relationship in our lives.

By Joanna Keegan

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The aim of this study was to assess the human-animal bond and investigate the benefits animals have on our lives. The sample consisted of 135 pet owners, of which 45 were males and 90 were females. Quantitative analysis was used as the research method for this study. The findings indicated that dogs were the most popular choice of pet. Both males and females considered their pets to be members of their family with a higher percentage of females stated that their pets contribute to their happiness. The findings also indicated that a significant higher number of men were cat owners and stated their reason for getting an animal was for protection. Females considered themselves to be more attached to their pets and a higher percentage of females stated they would report animal cruelty however more males knew who to report animal cruelty to. Limitations of this research are discussed and suggestions for further research are proposed


Mason N McLary

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Date 2014
Pages 40
Publisher Dublin Business School
Location of Publication Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Department Honors
Degree Social Science
Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Happiness
  3. Human-animal relationships
  4. Pet ownership
  5. Pets and companion animals