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The impact of pet ownership on health and health service use: Results from a community sample of Australian aged 40 to 44 years

Parslow, Ruth; Jorm, Anthony F


Research on the extent to which humans derive health and social benefits from being with pets has produced inconsistent findings. We examined whether middle-aged adults who owned or cared for pets differed in mental or physical health or in use of general practitioner services. We obtained socio-demographic data and measures of mental and physical health from a random sample of 2,530 adults aged 40 to 44 years living in the community. For 1844 of these participants, we also obtained records on...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Anthrozoos


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