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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: 20-Sep-2014
Citation: Pikhartova, J., Bowling, A. and Victor, C. (2014) 'Does owning a pet protect older people against loneliness?', BMC Geriatrics, 14, 106, pp. 1 - 10. doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-14-106.
Abstract: Copyright © 2014 Pikhartova et al. 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
Other Identifiers: 106
Appears in Collections:Brunel OA Publishing Fund
Dept of Health Sciences Research Papers

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