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Título: Does having a pet make a difference? Highlights from the HBSC Portuguese study
Autor: Reis, Marta
Ramiro, Lúcia
Camacho, Inês
Tomé, Gina
Brito, Cristiana
Matos, Margarida Gaspar de
Palavras-chave: Pets
Data: 2017
Editora: Taylor & Francis
Citação: European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 1-17 Published on-line: 17 Apr 2017. Doi: 10.1080/17405629.2017.1317242
Resumo: Pets are part of many adolescent’s lives. Objectives: To identify in a large national representative sample of Portuguese adolescents (HSBC study), the percentage of adolescents that have pets, what kind of feelings pets provide, differences by gender and age (through school grades) and to verify whether adolescent health, well-being, life satisfaction and psychological symptoms are associated with having a pet. Methods: The 2014 study provided national data of 6026 Portuguese adolescents (52.3% of which were girls), whose mean age was 13.8 years, randomly selected from those attending 6th, 8th and 10th grades. Measures included asking the participant if he/she had pets, which pet was, and the relationship they had with the pet, ISS, perception of well-being, life satisfaction and psychological symptoms. Results: The large majority of Portuguese adolescents had a pet. Adolescents who referred having a pet reported more frequently having dogs and cats. As for positive feelings related to pets, results showed that pets give them feelings of happiness, companionship, nurturing, tranquility, security and responsibility always/ almost always, especially in girls and younger boys. The results also showed that having a dog was associated with a higher socio-economic status, better perception of well-being, more life satisfaction and less psychological symptoms. Conclusion: Since research shows that young people who have pets report higher rates of well-being/health perception, that information should be used to conduct more studies and change policies in ways that benefit adults and children.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.12/5599
DOI: 10.1080/17405629.2017.1317242
ISSN: 1740-5610
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