Pets Help Military Kids Manage Stress

March 17, 2015 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

A new study finds that children of military personnel who form a strong bond with a pet cope better with the stress in their lives such as moving frequently and the absence of deployed parents. The study used an online survey to measure human-animal interaction, positive youth development, and stress and coping strategies. Participants included 300 children in grades 6 through 12. The research shows that the kids in U.S. military families who were close to a companion animal had lower stress levels than those who did not own a pet or did not have as strong of a connection with a pet. In addition, children with a pet scored higher in positive youth development measures such as confidence, character, and caring.

 

This study just adds to the numerous, proven benefits of pet ownership!

 

Source: Mueller M, Callina K. Human–animal interaction as a context for thriving and coping in military-connected youth: the role of pets during deployment. Applied Developmental Science, 2014; 18 (4): 214-223.

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