Navigation Links
Caring for animals may correlate with positive traits in young adults
Date:1/31/2014

NORTH GRAFTON, Mass. (January 31, 2014)Young adults who care for an animal may have stronger social relationships and connection to their communities, according to a paper published online today in Applied Developmental Science.

While there is mounting evidence of the effects of animals on children in therapeutic settings, not much is known about if and how everyday interactions with animals can impact positive youth development more broadly.

"Our findings suggest that it may not be whether an animal is present in an individual's life that is most significant but rather the quality of that relationship," said the paper's author, Megan Mueller, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and research assistant professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. "The young adults in the study who had strong attachment to pets reported feeling more connected to their communities and relationships."

Mueller surveyed more than 500 participants, aged 18-26 and predominately female, about their attitudes and interaction with animals. Those responses were indexed against responses the same participants had given on a range of questions that measure positive youth development characteristics such as competence, caring, confidence, connection, and character, as well as feelings of depression, as part of a national longitudinal study, the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, which was led by Tufts Professor of Child Development Richard Lerner, Ph.D., and funded by the National 4-H Council.

Young adults who cared for animals reported engaging in more "contribution" activities, such as providing service to their community, helping friends or family and demonstrating leadership, than those who did not. The more actively they participated in the pet's care, the higher the contribution scores. The study also found that high levels of attachment to an animal in late adolescence and young adulthood were positivel
'/>"/>

Contact: Rushmie Nofsinger
rushmie.nofsinger@tufts.edu
508-839-7910
Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Caring for dogs to reduce spread of parasite eggs harmful to humans
2. Fur and feathers keep animals warm by scattering light
3. New monitoring technique reveals endangered animals
4. Living on islands makes animals tamer
5. Climate changes the distribution of plants and animals
6. Serengetis animals under pressure
7. Bacteria may allow animals to send quick, voluminous messages
8. Tagging aquatic animals can disrupt natural behavior
9. Why plants usually live longer then animals
10. Clean living is a luxury wild animals cant afford, study suggests
11. Coastal animals have their own tidal timer -- separate from the 24-hour body clock
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/18/2014)... survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found ... either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills ... the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no ... the fake drugs, researchers at the Georgia Institute ... spectrometry to quickly assess suspected counterfeit drugs and ...
(Date:4/18/2014)... sprout as soon as they,re planted may be good news ... careful. In the wild, a plant whose seeds sprouted at ... More than just an insurance policy against late frosts or ... long-term advantages too: Plants whose seeds put off sprouting ... finds in a team of researchers working at the National ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a leading cause ... in very young and elderly populations. Despite great ... cells through the fusion protein RSV F, which ... that prevent bundle formation limit RSV infection in ... degradation. In this issue of the Journal ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Counterfeit contraceptives found in South America 2Counterfeit contraceptives found in South America 3Plants with dormant seeds give rise to more species 2JCI online ahead of print table of contents for April 17, 2014 2JCI online ahead of print table of contents for April 17, 2014 3JCI online ahead of print table of contents for April 17, 2014 4JCI online ahead of print table of contents for April 17, 2014 5JCI online ahead of print table of contents for April 17, 2014 6
... (SSB) and Adolf Kühner AG ,- Prototype of orbital ... Mai 2009 / b3c newswire / – ExcellGene ... biopharmaceutical industry, expands its product offering with the introduction ... rely on orbital shaking principles for mixing compared ...
... a patient,s healthy tissue as well as eradicating the ... especially invasive and often causing nasty side effects. ... more precise and accurate treatment for cancerous tumours by ... Real-time image-guided radiotherapy, combining radiation treatment with non-invasive MR ...
... Medical College of Georgia nurse researcher is among the first ... funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. ... jobs and the research of African-Americans in the Augusta community ... seeks to create or save more than 3.5 million jobs ...
Cached Biology News:ExcellGene SA first company to offer contract manufacturing in 250 Liter OrbShake bioreactor 2ExcellGene SA first company to offer contract manufacturing in 250 Liter OrbShake bioreactor 3MCG researcher among first to receive NIH stimulus funding 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... 2014 ­ RedBrick Health , a fast-growing leader ... announces that EmblemHealth , the New ... now providing the RedBrick Compass health assessment, combined with ... of its members. EmblemHealth is among the first health ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... The Microcompetition with Foreign DNA theory explains how ... latent viruses is the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), and one ... is a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys the body’s joints. ... patients have high concentrations of EBV DNA in their bodies ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... , Jan. 15, 2014 TaiGen Biotechnology Company, ... exclusive agreement with R-Pharm, a leading Russian pharmaceutical company, ... the Russian Federation , ... Independent States (CIS). Nemonoxacin is a novel antibiotic for the ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... Calif. , Jan. 14, 2014 As pet owners drew ... doubt many of them wrote: "Take better care of my furry ... even designer clothes and top-brand carrying cases to take the little ... parents might also feel compelled to buy some pricey toys at ...
Breaking Biology Technology:EmblemHealth Selects RedBrick Health to Power its Next-Generation Health Engagement and Behavior Change System 2EmblemHealth Selects RedBrick Health to Power its Next-Generation Health Engagement and Behavior Change System 3Study: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Patients Have EBV; The CBCD Says this is Consistent with Microcompetition 2Study: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Patients Have EBV; The CBCD Says this is Consistent with Microcompetition 3TaiGen Biotechnology Signed Exclusive License Agreement with R-Pharm for Nemonoxacin (Taigexyn(R)) 2TaiGen Biotechnology Signed Exclusive License Agreement with R-Pharm for Nemonoxacin (Taigexyn(R)) 3TaiGen Biotechnology Signed Exclusive License Agreement with R-Pharm for Nemonoxacin (Taigexyn(R)) 4New Year's Resolution: Give Pets the Gift of Top-Notch Health Care 2
... ULURU Inc. (Amex:,ULU) today announced that it ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Altrazeal(TM) Silver., ... have shown that,superior healing rates in numerous porcine ... dressings. Additionally, in toxicology and,in vitro bacteria inhibition ...
... (DIA) will host two co-located conferences from October 23-24 ... ... Horsham, PA (PRWEB) September 30, 2008 -- ... co-located conferences from October 23-24 in Washington DC. ...
... 30 Cell Therapeutics, Inc.,(CTI) (Nasdaq and MTA: CTIC) ... on October 3, 2008. The investor day will provide ... regulatory milestones,for the Company. Additionally, Alessandro Gianni, M.D., Director ... University of Milan,who has authored over 300 publications will ...
Cached Biology Technology:ULURU Inc. Announces the Filing of a 510k Submission With the FDA for Altrazeal(TM) Silver 2ULURU Inc. Announces the Filing of a 510k Submission With the FDA for Altrazeal(TM) Silver 3DIA Co-located Conference to Examine Outsourcing and Project Management Best Practices 2Cell Therapeutics Provides Details on Investor & Media Day to be Held in Milan, Italy on Friday, October 3, 2008 2
...
nucleophosmin (nucleolar phosphoprotein B23, numatrin), mRNA...
Acrylamide PAGE 40% Solution, 1 l. Category: Electrophoresis Systems & Standards & Reagents, Electrophoresis Standards and Reagents, Gel Casting Chemicals....
Zebrafish Ephrin-B2 Biotinylated Affinity Purified PAb...
Biology Products: