Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Does owning a pet protect older people against loneliness?
Authors: Pikhartova, J
Bowling, A
Victor, C
Keywords: Loneliness;ELSA;Pet ownership;Longitudinal study;Old people
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: BMC Geriatrics, 14:106, 2014
Abstract: Pet ownership is thought to make a positive contribution to health, health behaviours and the general well-being of older people. More specifically pet ownership is often proposed as a solution to the problem of loneliness in later life and specific 'pet based' interventions have been developed to combat loneliness. However the evidence to support this relationship is slim and it is assumed that pet ownership is a protection against loneliness rather than a response to loneliness. The aim of this paper is to examine the association between pet ownership and loneliness by exploring if pet ownership is a response to, or protection against, loneliness using Waves 0-5 from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA).
Description: This article has been made available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund.
ISSN: 1471-2318
Appears in Collections:Brunel OA Publishing Fund
Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Fulltext.pdf309.83 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in BURA are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.