Faculty Publications

Title

Brief report: Presence of a Dog, pet attachment, and loneliness among elders

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

North American Journal of Psychology

Volume

13

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

4

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine the relationships between preference to have a dog present during a testing situation, pet attachment, previous and current pet ownership, and loneliness among older adults. Sixty-eight individuals living in two retirement communities were given a choice of having a small dog present or absent while completing measures of pet attachment and loneliness. Sixty-seven of 68 participants chose to have the dog present. Therefore, it was not possible to compare participants by preference of having a dog present or absent. Pet owners and non-pet owners did not significantly differ on pet attachment. Furthermore, pet owners and non-pet owners did not show statistically significant differences on loneliness. ©NAJP.

Original Publication Date

3-1-2011

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