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This book sets out to examine how animals affect their companion humans' quality of life. The contributors address human animal interaction (HAI) according to the elements that define quality of life: physical; mental/emotional and social health; functional health; and general well-being. The book will be required reading for all health and social science professionals caring for clients who already have companion animals or for clients who might benefit from such interaction.
Chapter 7: Loneliness, Stress, and Human-Animal Attachment Among Older Adults
Loneliness, Stress, and Human-Animal Attachment Among Older Adults
The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore the role of human-animal bonding in quality of life of older adults. More specifically, the relationships among pet attachment, loneliness, and stress were evaluated in animal owners (N = 275) from three community programs for older adults in the midwestern United States. Measures included the Human-Animal Relationship Questionnaire for attachment and two Revised Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale factors for loneliness and stress. Pearson correlations between attachment and loneliness (r = .18, p = .002) and between attachment and stress (r = .30, p = .001) indicated that as loneliness and stress increased, attachment increased. Visual interaction, dog ownership, stress, ...