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ContributionsManchester Polytechnic. Department of Psychology and Speech Pathology.
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Understanding Relations between People and their Pets David D. Blouin* Indiana University South Bend Abstract As evidenced by the popularity of animal behavior shows and books, online viral pet videos, and the presence of dogs or cats in two-thirds of American homes, pets clearly play an important role in many Americans’ lives. Similar findings came from a Japanese study which investigated the relationship between pet ownership and the level of daily activity (used as a measure of general health) in elderly women living at home. They found that there was a positive correlation between pet ownership and the level of instrumental activity of daily living (IADL). The latter were more attached to their dogs and provided them with a higher level of care. In conclusion, this study found very limited concerns about the adoption of dogs late in their owners' lives. However, in view of the importance of the living context of the elderly on their pets' quality of life, this aspect warrants further by: 4. The perception of pets as ‘family members’ is an important area of research in the study of human-animal relationships. The objective of this thesis is to assess the ways in which pets are integrated into the home, and to explore how pet owners regard their dogs and cats within their constructed circles of kinship and social bonds.

the health of the elderly are available in the literature. Ory and Goldberg () examined the influence of pet ownership and attachment on the subjective well-being (happiness) of relatively healthy, married, white women between 65 and 75 years of age residing in Washington County, by: In the study by Berryman et al. () analyzing the similarities and differences between relationships to pets and to people (see above), they found that the most salient characteristics of the relationship with the pet were depen- dence, fun, play, and relaxation based on absence of by: Value of Care Relationship Trojan () conducted a study to explore the nature of relationship between the care giver and the elderly within the home setting and the impact this relationship has on the care the elderly were receiving. The results of this research showed that.   While schemes differ slightly between sites, most of them require participants to look after the animal in their care, and in many cases train it for a specific purpose (e.g. as an assistance dog). In most circumstances animals are acquired from rescue shelters, where they may be facing prolonged stays, or euthanasia.

Elderly people in many respects benefit from interaction with dogs. The results of the study reveal the manifold meanings that pets - in particular dogs - can and do have to the elderly. At this point, it should also be noted that there is still a strong need for further research into this topic from a gerontological perspective. NCBI.   Over the course of evolution, humans and animals have entered into a close relationship. By domesticating animals, humans were able to use them to their own advantage. However, animals should not only be seen as mere providers of material value; in fact, they actually enrich humans' lives on an emotional by: Dogs may motivate walking behavior within various populations in a number of ways; the present study focused on the relationship between older adults and their pet dogs.” 1. Cats and fish and birds, oh my! Other pets, like cats, birds and fish offer many of the same health benefits, although the exercise benefits may not be much of a factor.   Research into the association between pet ownership and human health has produced intriguing, although frequently contradictory, results often raising uncertainty as to whether pet ownership is advisable on health grounds The question of whether someone should own a pet is never as simple as whether that pet has a measurably beneficial or detrimental effect on the owner's physical by: