Companion animal separation and loneliness
Gilbey, Andrew, McNicholas, June and Collis, Glyn M.. (2006) Companion animal separation and loneliness. ANTHROZOOS, 19 (3). pp. 257-264. ISSN 0892-7936Full text not available from this repository.
It is widely believed that companion animal ownership can help to alleviate loneliness. This study explored whether companion animal separation leads to increased levels of loneliness. Among new students who had been at universily for three weeks, no evidence was found that companion animal separation was associated with increased levels of loneliness, irrespective of the self-reported "closeness" of the owner-companion animal relationship before separation. Because prior to leaving home companion animal owners and non-companion animal owners may have somehow differed, a comparable sample of companion animal owners and non-companion animal owners was tested immediately prior to the time of moving to university. No difference in loneliness was found due to companion animal ownership, irrespective of the self-reported degree of closeness of the relationship. As both samples may have been atypical, the impact of moving to university on loneliness was explored and a highly significant increase in loneliness was found. Overall, these findings suggest that companion animal separation does not contribute to the increase in loneliness observed when students leave home to start at university.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
|Journal or Publication Title:||ANTHROZOOS|
|Publisher:||PURDUE UNIV PRESS|
|Number of Pages:||8|
|Page Range:||pp. 257-264|
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