A longitudinal test of the belief that companion animal ownership can help reduce loneliness
Gilbey, Andrew, McNicholas, June and Collis, Glyn M.. (2007) A longitudinal test of the belief that companion animal ownership can help reduce loneliness. Anthrozoos, Vol.20 (No.4). pp. 345-353. ISSN 0892-7936Full text not available from this repository.
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The widely held belief that companion animal ownership can help to reduce loneliness was tested using a quasi-experimental longitudinal design. Over a six-month period, 59 participants completed the UCLA-Loneliness Scale when they were seeking to acquire a companion animal. Participants' loneliness was measured again six-months after their initial recruitment, by which time 35 of the 59 participants had acquired a new companion animal. There was no evidence that companion animal acquisition helped to reduce levels of loneliness, irrespective of whether participants already owned a companion animal at the time of seeking to acquire a new companion animal, or the type of companion animal that was acquired. There was no evidence that participants who ultimately acquired a new companion animal differed from participants who did not, suggesting that the findings were not a consequence of a self-selection bias. The perseverance and apparent strength of the belief that companion animal ownership can alleviate loneliness is discussed in relation to the current findings.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Anthrozoos|
|Number of Pages:||9|
|Page Range:||pp. 345-353|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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