Companion Animals and Child/Adolescent Development: A Systematic Review of the Evidence

Language: English

Audience: Parents

Type: Article

Author: Int J Environ Res Public Health

Childhood and adolescence are important developmental phases which influence health and well-being across the life span. Social relationships are fundamental to child and adolescent development; yet studies have been limited to children’s relationships with other humans. This paper provides an evidence review for the potential associations between pet ownership and emotional, behavioural, cognitive, educational, and social developmental outcomes.

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