Pets can serve as important sources of social and emotional support for everyday people

Pets can serve as important sources of social and emotional support for everyday people. Image: Bachkova Natalia / Shutterstock.com.

This is according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

“We observed evidence that pet owners fared better, both in terms of well-being outcomes and individual differences than non-owners on several dimensions,” said lead researcher Allen R. McConnell, PhD, of Miami University in Ohio.

“Specifically, pet owners had greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, tended to be less lonely, were more conscientious, were more extraverted, tended to be less fearful and tended to be less preoccupied than non-owners.”

A study involving 217 people (79 per cent women with a median age of 34) answered surveys aimed at determining whether pet owners differed from people who didn’t have pets in the areas of well-being, personality type and attachment style. Several differences between the groups emerged, and in all cases, pet owners were happier, healthier and better adjusted than non-owners.


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