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Effects of an animal visitation intervention on the depression, loneliness, and quality of life of older people: A randomised controlled study
| Contributor(s):: Chanelle J Buckle
Older people—especially those living in residential facilities—comprise a vulnerable and oftentimes frail, but large and growing subset of the global population. Various age-related and socio-political, -economic, and -environmental factors place the quality of life of older people...
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.
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.
Reduciendo la soledad: terapia asistida con animales para adultos mayores de una residencia geriátrica
| Contributor(s):: Mariana De la Puente Cunliffe
Los sentimientos de soledad son un problema común en adultos mayores que viven en residencias geriátricas y diversos estudios han encontrado los efectos negativos que generan en su salud. También, se ha encontrado que la Terapia Asistida con Animales (TAA) puede reducir...
The Intersection of Aging and Pet Guardianship: Influences of Health and Social Support
| 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...
Paws for Thought: The Importance of Dogs in a Seniors Social Intervention
| 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...
The relationship between companion animals and loneliness among rural adolescents
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| 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...
Contributory Role of Pet Attitude, Attachment Styles, Social Support and Loneliness in Well Being of Young Adults
| Contributor(s):: Tapasri Das, Anindita Chaudhuri
Implementation of an Animal Assisted Activity Program into a Rural Long-Term Care Facility to Increase the Perceived Quality of Life of Residents
| Contributor(s):: Vonnie Pattison, Patricia Cullen (adviser)
Older people who have moved from familiar home surroundings to institutionalized facilities could find that the institutions will put restrictions on their personal belongings, possessions, loved ones, and pets. Loneliness and depression are common in long-term care facilities (Banks &...
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...
The Benefits of Pet Ownership for Single Adults in Midlife
| Contributor(s):: Lauren McGillivray
Pets are shown to enhance quality of life through support and companionship. Midlife is a time where pets may be most valuable, since it is a time that involves critical changes to intimate relationships, roles and status. In this article a critical review of the literature on midlife development...
The psychological Impact of Companion Animals for Older Adults who Reside Alone
| Contributor(s):: Tess Reed
Companion animals have been identified as improving the physical and emotional health of some older adults (Collis & McNicholas, 1998). This qualitative study explored the psychological impact of owning a cat or a dog for persons aged 65 or older who resided alone. Nine participants, two male...
Mājdzīvnieku loma vientulības mazināšanā: dzīvnieki kā cilvēku aizstājēji
| Contributor(s):: Maija Jaunzeme
Vientulība ir universāls, tomēr joprojām līdz galam neizprasts fenomens gan zinātnē, gan sabiedrībā. Vientulības cēloņi var būt dažādi, taču tie vienmēr saistīti ar atšķirtību- vai nu sociālu vai emocionālu. Lai mazinātu vientulības sajūtu, ir nepieciešama kvalitatīva komunikācija,...
Influence of pet ownership on self-esteem, life satisfaction and loneliness among over 65s in Ireland
| Contributor(s):: Gráinne Nic An Mháistir
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of pet ownership on self-‐esteem, life satisfaction and loneliness in pet owners and non-‐owners. Data was collected from 147 participants. Data was gathered by means of self-‐reported questionnaires that assessed...
The benefits of pet companionship in emerging adults
| Contributor(s):: Leighann DeMarco
The present study examines the benefits associated with pet companionship in emerging adults. Past research suggests that pet companionship can have many positive impacts on individuals’ lives; however, little research has explored pet companionship during the transitional developmental...
The Psychological Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy on Elderly Nursing Home Patients
| Contributor(s):: Sophia M. Elliott
This literature review of the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is centered on four scholarly articles published in major psychological journals discussing the reduction of loneliness, anxiety, depression, and cognitive impairments as well as the increase in well-being and happiness in...
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| Contributor(s):: Barrie, Leslie
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...
Animal-Assisted Therapy and Application to Older Adults in Long Term Care
| Contributor(s):: Mercer, Kimberly Ann
Children and their social relationships with pet dogs: Examining links with human best friendship quality and loneliness
| Contributor(s):: Jocelyn Mabee
This study aimed to examine the quality of the childs relationship with the pet dog and whether it was associated with the quality of friendship with the childs human best friend or with the amount of loneliness the child felt. This study also examined whether the dogs temperament was associated...