The ownership of companion pets has increased steadily among the older adult population. This qualitative study examined the impact of companion pets on the well-being of older adults. The researcher developed the interview guide used in this study. Twelve older adults were interviewed.
Companion pets encouraged pet owners, who had at least one dog, to walk more. Companionship and a decrease in loneliness were two of the common themes in regards to the positive impact of pets on psychological well-being. More than half reported that their companion pets improved their social well-being by increasing their opportunities to meet new people. Almost half of the respondents reported that a decline in their own health was the main challenge they faced in taking care of their companion pets in older adulthood.
More research is needed on the impact of companion pets on the well-being of older adults.
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Potts, Marilyn|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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