Companion Animals and Child Development: Existing Knowledge and Analysis of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children Cohort

Rebecca Purewal
Childhood and adolescence are important developmental phases that influence health and well-being across the life span. Social relationships are fundamental to child and adolescent development, yet studies have been largely limited to children’s relationships with other humans. Whether pet ownership can exert similar developmental health benefits during childhood is largely unknown. The main aim of this thesis was therefore to investigate the impact of pet ownership on the development in children and young people. This...
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