Pet Ownership and Nonownership Among Elderly in Arizona

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This paper reports the results of a study that examined attitudes toward and attachments to pets of community-based elderly persons in Arizona. Over a three-month period, face-to-face interviews were conducted with a self-selected nonprobability sample of 218 persons 55 years of age and older. Of these 218 people, 80 were owners, and 138 were non-owners. With pet-ownership status used as the dependent variable, housing (specifically, living in a single-family home or a trailer), pet-attachment level in childhood, and health status explain 24% of the variance in whether or not an older person will be a pet owner.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 1988

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