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Pet Ownership and Health in Older Adults: Findings from a Survey of 2551 Community Based Australians Aged 60- 64

Parslow, Ruth; Jorm, Anthony F; Christensen, Helen; Jacomb, Trish; Rodgers, Bryan

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Background: It is commonly assumed that owning a pet provides older residents in the community with health benefits including improved physical health and psychological well-being. It has also been reported that pet owners are lower on neuroticism and higher on extraversion compared with those without pets. However, findings of research on this topic have been mixed with a number of researchers reporting that, for older people, there is little or no health benefit associated with pet ownership....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/81894
Source: Gerontology
DOI: 10.1159/000081433

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