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  1. Pets and Loneliness: Examining the Efficacy of a Popular Measurement Instrument

    Contributor(s):: Gilbey, Andrew, Tani, Kawtar

    The revised version of the UCLA-Loneliness Scale has been widely used to investigate the effect of pet ownership on human loneliness. This paper reports three tests of its efficacy for this purpose: 1) a qualitative evaluation of the 20 UCLA-LS items, which concluded that only 6/20 items were...

  2. Pros and cons of pet ownership in sustaining independence in community-dwelling older adults: a scoping review

    Contributor(s):: Obradović, Nataša, Lagueux, Émilie, Michaud, Frédéric, Provencher, Véronique

  3. Companion Animals and Loneliness: A Systematic Review of Quantitative Studies

    Contributor(s):: Gilbey, Andrew, Tani, Kawtar

    The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate quantitative studies of companion animals and human loneliness. Five electronic databases (PubMed, Medline, Web of Science, Academic Search Premier, Psychlnfo) were searched for articles on companion animals (including animal-assisted therapies...

  4. Companion dog acquisition and mental well-being: a community-based three-arm controlled study

    Contributor(s):: Powell, L., Edwards, K. M., McGreevy, P., Bauman, A., Podberscek, A., Neilly, B., Sherrington, C., Stamatakis, E.

  5. Companion Animal Ownership and Human Well-Being in a Metropolis-The Case of Hong Kong

    Contributor(s):: Wong, P. W. C., Yu, R. W. M., Ngai, J. T. K.

  6. The Intersection of Aging and Pet Guardianship: Influences of Health and Social Support

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    | Contributor(s):: Ranell L. Mueller, Elizabeth G. Hunter

    Studies of the human-animal bond show many positive health effects for pet guardians including a sense of companionship, reduced depression and loneliness, and higher activity levels, yet few studies have examined factors such as how the pet guardians’ health, age, and social networks...

  7. Paws for Thought: The Importance of Dogs in a Seniors Social Intervention

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    | Contributor(s):: Elisa Maria Concetta Papotto, Jessica Lee Oliva Dr

    As Australia faces an aging population with an unprecedented life expectancy, it is the community’s obligation to ensure seniors are offered resources to support their well-being. Studies investigating loneliness in aged-care facilities attest to the therapeutic properties of dogs for...

  8. The relationship between companion animals and loneliness among rural adolescents

    | Contributor(s):: Keri Black

    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...

  9. Contributory Role of Pet Attitude, Attachment Styles, Social Support and Loneliness in Well Being of Young Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Tapasri Das, Anindita Chaudhuri

        

  10. Depression, loneliness, and pet attachment in homebound older adult cat and dog owners

    | Contributor(s):: Sandy M. Branson, Lisa Boss, Stanley Cron, Dennis C. Turner

    Background: Companion animals may reduce depression and loneliness in socially isolated homebound older adults. However, whether owning a cat or dog is more beneficial in this population remains unknown.Materials and Methods: Pet attachment and the levels of depressive symptoms and loneliness...

  11. Want to Get Happier?

    | Contributor(s):: Barrie, Leslie

  12. Miffy and me: Developing an auto-ethnographic approach to the study of companion animals and human loneliness

    | Contributor(s):: Adrian Franklin

    Despite the consistent claim that companion animals can and do alleviate human loneliness, a recent systematic review of quantitative studies of human loneliness and companion animals (Gilbey and Tani 2015) found no evidence to support this ‘belief’ (as they put it), except in...

  13. Animal-Assisted Therapy and Application to Older Adults in Long Term Care

    | Contributor(s):: Mercer, Kimberly Ann

  14. Loneliness Harms Your Health

    | Contributor(s):: Eells, Gregory T.

  15. Symptom Reduction Identified After Offering Animal-Assisted Activity at a Cancer Infusion Center

    | Contributor(s):: Marcus, Dawn A., Blazek-O'Neill, Betsy, Kopar, Jennifer L.

  16. Granny and the robots: ethical issues in robot care for the elderly

    | Contributor(s):: Sharkey, A., Sharkey, N.

  17. The Eldercare Factory

    | Contributor(s):: Sharkey, N., Sharkey, A.

  18. Artificial Emotions: Robots Caring for the Elderly

    | Contributor(s):: Banks, W. A.

  19. The Psychosocial Effects of a Companion Robot: A Randomized Controlled Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Robinson, H., MacDonald, B., Kerse, N., Broadbent, E.

  20. A Meta-Analysis of Interventions to Reduce Loneliness

    | Contributor(s):: Masi, C. M., Chen, H. Y., Hawkley, L. C., Cacioppo, J. T.