Health effects of ownership of and attachment to companion animals in an older population

  title={Health effects of ownership of and attachment to companion animals in an older population},
  author={H. Winefield and A. Black and A. Chur-Hansen},
  journal={International Journal of Behavioral Medicine},
Background: Two reasons for the inconclusiveness of the literature on the health effects of pet ownership are (1) failure to control for other known influences on health, and (2) inadequate consideration of the nature of the emotional relationship between owners and their companion animals.Purpose: The main aims were to develop a measure of pet attachment that reflects psychologists’ use of the attachment concept, and to see if pet ownership or attachment added to the health variance explained… Expand
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