Pet dogs as attachment figures for adult owners.

  title={Pet dogs as attachment figures for adult owners.},
  author={Lawrence A. Kurdek},
  journal={Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association},
  volume={23 4},
  • L. A. Kurdek
  • Published 1 August 2009
  • Psychology
  • Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association
This study assessed the extent to which, and under what conditions, owners turn to their pet dogs in times of emotional distress. This feature of an attachment figure-safe haven-is a key characteristic of an attachment bond. Participants (N = 975, mean age = 47.95 years, 789 women and 186 men) were relatively dedicated dog owners who completed an online survey. Relative to other features of an attachment figure, safe haven was the least salient. Nonetheless, participants were more likely to… 

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