Parent and child mental health during COVID-19 in Australia: The role of pet attachment

Shannon Bennetts, Sharinne Crawford, Tiffani Howell, Fiona Burgemeister, Catherine Chamberlain, K Burke & Jan Nicholson
Restrictions, social isolation, and uncertainty related to the global COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted the ways that parents and children maintain family routines, health, and wellbeing. Companion animals (pets) can be a critical source of comfort during traumatic experiences, although changes to family routines, such as those caused by COVID-19, can also bring about challenges like managing undesirable pet behaviours or pet-human interactions. We aimed to examine the relationship between pet attachment and mental health for...
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