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Quality of life and adolescents' communication with their significant others (mother, father, and best friend) : the mediating effect of attachment to pets

By Ferran Marsa-Sambola, Joanne Williams, Janine Muldoon, Alistair Lawrence, Melanie Connor, Candace Currie

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Abstract

The relationship between adolescents? communication with their significant others (mother, father, and best friend) and quality of life (KIDSCREEN) was investigated in 2262 Scottish adolescent pet owners. The variable attachment to pets was also tested and assessed as a mediator of this relationship. A positive relationship between adolescents? communication with their significant other (mother, father, and best friend) and quality of life decreased when controlling for attachment to dogs. In cat owners, a positive relationship between communication with a best friend and quality of life decreased when controlling for attachment to cats. In cat and dog owners, attachment to these pets predicted higher levels of quality of life. Higher attachment to dogs and cats was explained by good best friend (IV) and attachment to pets (DV) and best friends. Mediation effects of attachment to dogs and cats might be explained in terms of the caring activities associated with these types of pets.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2017
Publication Title Attachment & Human Development
Volume 19
Issue 3
Pages 278-297
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/14616734.2017.1293702
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10023/12764
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Communication
  3. Companion pet attachment
  4. open access
  5. parents
  6. peer-reviewed
  7. Pets and companion animals
  8. Quality of life
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  1. open access
  2. peer-reviewed