Brief Report: Presence Of A Dog, Pet Attachment, And Loneliness Among Elders
North American Journal of Psychology
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.
School of Applied Human Sciences
Department of Psychology
Original Publication Date
Eshbaugh, Elaine M.; Somervill, John W.; Kotek, Justina H.; Perez, Elizabeth; Nalan, Kayla R.; Wilson, Claire E.; and Bullis, Quinn T., "Brief Report: Presence Of A Dog, Pet Attachment, And Loneliness Among Elders" (2011). Faculty Publications. 1960.