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dc.contributor.authorMuldoon, Janine Claire
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Joanne M
dc.contributor.authorLawrence, Alistair
dc.contributor.authorCurrie, Candace
dc.identifier.citationMuldoon , J C , Williams , J M , Lawrence , A & Currie , C 2019 , ' The nature and psychological impact of child/adolescent attachment to dogs compared with other companion animals ' , Society & Animals , vol. 27 , no. 1 , pp. 55-74 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 244956377
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85059965327
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000457833600005
dc.descriptionThis work was partially supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [grant numbers AW1404 and AW1407]en
dc.description.abstractBuilding on a study examining children’s knowledge and care of companion animals, this paper examines emotional attachment to dogs. It uses a large-scale dataset on children’s health and well-being (n = 6,700) to explore the connection between attachment to dogs, compared with other companion animals, and a range of well-being indicators. Findings reveal stronger attachments to dogs that are linked with well-being. Some associations are also evident for children reporting a strong bond with small mammals. A mixed pattern of results is evident for cats, and no associations were apparent for those with fish, reptiles, or amphibians. Relationships with dogs appear distinctive; children’s sense of emotional reciprocity and shared enjoyment of play act as possible mechanisms by which attachment translates into benefits. Emotional connections to all types of animals investigated in this study weaken with age. This may be due to the changing nature of attachment as children move through adolescence.
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dc.subjectCompanion animalen
dc.subjectH Social Sciencesen
dc.subjectRJ Pediatricsen
dc.titleThe nature and psychological impact of child/adolescent attachment to dogs compared with other companion animalsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorDept for Environment Food and Rural Affen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Medicineen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Child and Adolescent Health Research Uniten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Population and Behavioural Science Divisionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. WHO Collaborating Centre for International Child & Adolescent Health Policyen
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