Pets’ impact on people`s well-being in COVID-19: A quantitative study

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Kuehne, J., Lieu, J., Kotera, Y. and Taylor, E. 2022. Pets’ impact on people`s well-being in COVID-19: A quantitative study. Journal of Concurrent Disorders. https://doi.org/10.54127/FABB9024
AuthorsKuehne, J., Lieu, J., Kotera, Y. and Taylor, E.
Abstract

The global coronavirus pandemic and the governmental restrictions to prevent the virus from spreading have generated anxiety, impacting people’s well-being. Former research suggested a positive impact of pets on their owner’s well-being, however little research has been conducted within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in which isolation measures and restrictions were implemented in many countries.
This cross-sectional study was conducted to investigate the influence of pets on people’s well-being, social connectedness, coronavirus anxiety, and the relationship of pet attachment on wellbeing during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Participants(N=72) were opportunistically recruited online across several countries. Data was analyzed using a MANOVA and linear regression. The results indicated that there were no significant differences between pet owners and non-pet owners in terms of well-being, social connectedness, and coronavirus anxiety. Furthermore, a statistically significant relationship between higher pet attachment and greater well-being was not found. Future research should focus on greater sample sizes and longitudinal data, with a focus on how pet-related interventions may improve well-being.

KeywordsWell-being; Pets; Coronavirus Anxiety; Social Connectedness,; Pet Attachment; Covid-19
Year2022
JournalJournal of Concurrent Disorders
PublisherCDS Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.54127/FABB9024
Web address (URL)https://cdspress.ca/?p=6777
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Online19 Sep 2022
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Accepted23 Aug 2022
Deposited20 Jan 2023
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