Pet ownership among homeless youth: associations with mental health, service utilization and housing status.

@article{Rhoades2015PetOA,
  title={Pet ownership among homeless youth: associations with mental health, service utilization and housing status.},
  author={Harmony Rhoades and Hailey Winetrobe and Eric Rice},
  journal={Child psychiatry and human development},
  year={2015},
  volume={46 2},
  pages={237-44}
}
As many as 25 % of homeless persons have pets. To our knowledge, pet ownership has not been studied quantitatively with homeless youth. This study examined pet ownership among 398 homeless youth utilizing two Los Angeles drop-in centers. Twenty-three percent of homeless youth had a pet. The majority of pet owners reported that their pets kept them company and made them feel loved; nearly half reported that their pets made it more difficult to stay in a shelter. Pet owners reported fewer… CONTINUE READING
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