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Caring for animals may correlate with positive traits in young adults

RATE THIS! +26
Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2014 09:07 PM by AlexMuller

While there is mounting evidence of the effects of animals on children in therapeutic settings, not much is known about if and how everyday interactions with animals can impact positive youth development more broadly.

 
"Our findings suggest that it may not be whether an animal is present in an individual's life that is most significant but rather the quality of that relationship," said the paper's author, Megan Mueller, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and research assistant professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
 
"The young adults in the study who had strong attachment to pets reported feeling more connected to their communities and relationships."
 
Young adults who cared for animals reported engaging in more "contribution" activities, such as providing service to their community, helping friends or family and demonstrating leadership, than those who did not. The more actively they participated in the pet's care, the higher the contribution scores.
 
 The study also found that high levels of attachment to an animal in late adolescence and young adulthood were positively associated with feeling connected with other people, having empathy and feeling confident.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-04
+3
The results of this study, showing positive correlation between interaction with animals and later on with a community, are quite expected and anticipated- it is nice to see proper data backing this correlation Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-04
+2
This is a good starting point to better understand how animals can help human development and in some cases help to correct and improve people - nice work Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-04
+2
Good influence of pets, dogs in particular, on human health is well documented. Dogs have been providing love and reassurance to their owners for centuries. For as long as dogs have been domesticated, there has been evidence of their natural healing abilities over the physically and emotionally convalescent.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-04
+0
Yes, several studies have been carried out proving that interaction with dogs increases levels of neurotransmitters associated with happiness and bonding, while reducing chemicals associated with distress. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-04
+1
Yes, these exceptional animals bring comfort and happiness to people with a range of disabilities and emotional needs Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-05-06
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I found myself nodding my noggin all the way thohrgu. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-05-06
+0
I found myself nodding my noggin all the way thohrgu. Reply


 

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