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The relationship between companion animals and loneliness among rural adolescents

By Keri Black

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Abstract The relationship between loneliness and companion animal bonding was explored among 293 rural adolescents. Participants from two ethnically diverse southwestern high schools completed self-report measures of loneliness, pet ownership, companion animal attachment, and social support. Pet owners reported significantly lower loneliness scores than non-pet owners. Furthermore, companion animal bonding scores were inversely related to loneliness scores. Companion animal attachment was positively related to the number of humans in the social support network. The results of this study indicate that interventions promoting a pet relationship may be valuable in reducing loneliness among adolescents.

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2012
Publication Title Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Volume 27
Issue 2
Pages 103-112
DOI 10.1016/j.pedn.2010.11.009
Language English
Additional Language English
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  • Keri Black (2018), "The relationship between companion animals and loneliness among rural adolescents,"

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  1. Adolescents
  2. Animal roles
  3. Attachment
  4. Loneliness
  5. Pets and companion animals
  6. social support