Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (BS)
College of Science
Studies have shown that pet owners have better overall physical health than non-owners; however, little research has been done to examine the influence of pet ownership on an individual's psychological health. The purpose of this research was to determine the effect pet ownership has on interpersonal trust and helping attitudes, as well as to examine gender differences for these variables. It was hypothesized that pet owners would score higher for trust and helping attitudes than non-owners, and that women would score higher for trust and helping attitudes than men. It was also hypothesized that women would have stronger companion animal bonds than men.
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McGrath, Alysha, "A Study of Pet Bonding, Interpersonal Trust, and Helping Attitudes as a Function of Gender and Pet Ownership" (2014). Honors Theses. 21.