Homelessness and dog ownership: an investigation into animal empathy, attachment, crime, drug use, health and public opinion
A sample of 51 homeless people in Cambridge, UK completed a questionnaire featuring adapted Animal Empathy and Companion Animal Bonding Scales. Concepts of crime, drug use, and health matters amongst the homeless, both dog owning and non-dog owning, were investigated, as well. Ninety members of the general public completed a similar questionnaire which sought their opinions on homeless people who own dogs. There was a highly significant difference (pnificantly more likely to show concern for a homeless person's dog's welfare than men ( chi 2(1)=8.5, pbelieve that having a dog helped initiate conversations with the public ( chi 2(1)=4.0, pse between the dog-owning and non-dog owning homeless, and health scores showed a reversed trend compared to that expected for the general population, with dog owners scoring lower than non-dog owners.
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