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Event Title

Self-Perceived Stress in Women With and Without Children and/or Dogs In Relation To Dog Attachment and Dog Stress Behaviors

Location

Edwards Hall Lobby

Document Type

Poster Presentation (1 hour)

Description

In the United States, over two thirds of households include a pet, and many studies have indicated that owning pets is associated with psychological benefits, such as pets providing social support for their owners (Albert & Bulcroft, 1988) and buffering the psychological and physiological impact of stressful situations (Siegel, 1990). Such findings are common but not universal across individuals, and this study explores how family composition may account for inter-individual differences in the effects of dog ownership. Specifically, this study examines how the presence of dogs affects the level of self-perceived stress of mothers of children between 1 and 4 years of age by asking the following questions: Are women with young children more stressed than non-dog owners with young children? How does the stress level of these groups compare with childless female dog owners and women who have neither children nor dogs? Furthermore, how does the number of and behavior of dog(s) relate to the level of stress of female owners? This study explores these questions in an online survey targeting women between 25 and 35 years of age. The survey includes the Perceived Stress Questionnaire (PSQ), the Owner-Dog Relationship Questionnaire (ODRQ), and a few subscales of the Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ). In addition, demographic questions regarding family composition and dog ownership are included. Data collection and analysis are currently in progress, and the finalized results will be presented at the conference. References Albert, A., & Bulcroft, K. (1988). Pets, families, and the life course. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 2, 543–552. Siegel, J. M. (1990). Stressful life events and use of physician services among the elderly: The moderating role of pet ownership. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58(6), 1081–1086. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.58.6.1081

Start Date

20-4-2013 10:30 AM

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Psychology and Anthrozoology Poster Session

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Apr 20th, 10:30 AM

Self-Perceived Stress in Women With and Without Children and/or Dogs In Relation To Dog Attachment and Dog Stress Behaviors

Edwards Hall Lobby

In the United States, over two thirds of households include a pet, and many studies have indicated that owning pets is associated with psychological benefits, such as pets providing social support for their owners (Albert & Bulcroft, 1988) and buffering the psychological and physiological impact of stressful situations (Siegel, 1990). Such findings are common but not universal across individuals, and this study explores how family composition may account for inter-individual differences in the effects of dog ownership. Specifically, this study examines how the presence of dogs affects the level of self-perceived stress of mothers of children between 1 and 4 years of age by asking the following questions: Are women with young children more stressed than non-dog owners with young children? How does the stress level of these groups compare with childless female dog owners and women who have neither children nor dogs? Furthermore, how does the number of and behavior of dog(s) relate to the level of stress of female owners? This study explores these questions in an online survey targeting women between 25 and 35 years of age. The survey includes the Perceived Stress Questionnaire (PSQ), the Owner-Dog Relationship Questionnaire (ODRQ), and a few subscales of the Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ). In addition, demographic questions regarding family composition and dog ownership are included. Data collection and analysis are currently in progress, and the finalized results will be presented at the conference. References Albert, A., & Bulcroft, K. (1988). Pets, families, and the life course. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 2, 543–552. Siegel, J. M. (1990). Stressful life events and use of physician services among the elderly: The moderating role of pet ownership. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58(6), 1081–1086. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.58.6.1081