About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Kids Feel Closer to Their Household Pets Than Siblings

by Bidita Debnath on January 30, 2017 at 10:58 PM
Font : A-A+

 Kids Feel Closer to Their Household Pets Than Siblings

Kids get more satisfaction from relationships with their household pets than with their brothers or sisters, shows new research.

"Anyone who has loved a childhood pet knows that we turn to them for companionship and disclosure, just like relationships between people," said lead researcher Matt Cassells from University of Cambridge.

Advertisement


"We wanted to know how strong these relationships are with pets relative to other close family ties. Ultimately this may enable us to understand how animals contribute to healthy child development," Cassells said.

Researchers surveyed children of 12 years of age from 77 families with one or more pets of any type and more than one child at home.

The children reported strong relationships with their pets relative to their siblings, with lower levels of conflict and greater satisfaction in owners of dogs than other kinds of pets.
Advertisement

"Even though pets may not fully understand or respond verbally, the level of disclosure to pets was no less than to siblings," Cassels said. "The fact that pets cannot understand or talk back may even be a benefit as it means they are completely non-judgmental," Cassels noted.

While previous research had often found that boys report stronger relationships with their pets than girls do, the new research actually found the opposite.

"While boys and girls were equally satisfied with their pets, girls reported more disclosure, companionship, and conflict with their pet than did boys, perhaps indicating that girls may interact with their pets in more nuanced ways," Cassels noted.

The research, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, adds to increasing evidence that household pets may have a major influence on child development, and could have a positive impact on children's social skills and emotional well-being.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
World AIDS Day 2022 - Equalize!
Test Your Knowledge on Sugar Intake and Oral Health
Test  Your Knowledge on Heart
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Height and Weight-Kids 

Most Popular on Medindia

Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) The Essence of Yoga Iron Intake Calculator Indian Medical Journals Hearing Loss Calculator Diaphragmatic Hernia Blood - Sugar Chart Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Sanatogen Blood Donation - Recipients
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Kids Feel Closer to Their Household Pets Than Siblings Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests