Navigation Links
College students find comfort in their pets during hard times
Date:12/23/2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio A new study suggests that college students may handle stressful situations better if they have a pet.

Research has already shown that pets can improve the quality of life for people who are aging or those who are chronically ill. But researchers at Ohio State University recently found that many college students may also benefit from owning a cat or a dog.

A survey of students at a large university and other adults in the area found that nearly a quarter of college students surveyed believed their pets helped them get through difficult times in life. Students who chose to live with at least one dog, one cat, or a combination of the two were less likely to report feeling lonely and depressed; something they directly attributed to their beloved pet.

These findings highlight how even younger, healthier young adults can benefit from living with our four-legged friends, said Sara Staats, lead author of the study and professor emeritus of psychology at Ohio State's Newark Campus.

"We might not think of college students as being lonely, but a lot of freshman and sophomores are in an early transition from living at home to living in dorms or off-campus. College is a very stressful environment for them and sometimes they can feel isolated or overwhelmed with the change," she said.

"We found that a lot of young adults are choosing to have an animal companion for important reasons. Many feel their pets will help get them through these difficult and stressful situations, and many more say that without their pet, they would feel lonely."

The study was based on survey responses from nearly 350 college students at a Midwestern commuter campus and nearby community members. Only those people who currently or previously owned a cat, a dog, or a combination of the two were included in the present study. People who were 18 to 87 years of age were all surveyed to study the differences between adults and student
'/>"/>

Contact: Sara Staats
staats.1@osu.edu
740-366-9279
Ohio State University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Better beer: College team creating anticancer brew
2. American College of Medical Genetics receives $13.5M NIH contract
3. Ansary Symposium on Stem Cell Research at Weill Cornell Medical College
4. College cocktails lead to science career
5. American College of Medical Genetics makes genetic testing recommendations in new policy statement
6. Medical College researchers find dinosaur clues in fat
7. Where college students live can impact their weight, eating and exercise habits
8. Veterinary college researchers explore function of biofilm in bovine respiratory disease
9. Veterinary college researcher studying brain tumors in people and animals
10. Software developed by Boston College lab delivers speed and accuracy to genome research
11. KAUST announces academic excellence alliance partnership with Imperial College London
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/23/2014)... tissues during the healing process, cells must be ... scientists believed this communication happened primarily through chemical ... the University of Pittsburgh have found that another ... not more crucial. The findings, published in this ... National Academy of Sciences , could lead to ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can ... of next-generation biofuels, but some of the best microbial ... researchers report. , Their study , reported in ... , is the first to use biochemical approaches to ... can digest fiber, breaking it down into simple sugars ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... vegetable consumption could be as good for your mental ... research, conducted by the University of Warwick,s Medical School ... published by BMJ Open focused on mental ... were consistently associated with an individual,s fruit and vegetable ... ate five or more portions of fruit and vegetables ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):The mechanics of tissue growth 2Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut 2Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut 3Eating five a day may keep the blues away 2
... 11, 2012) The naked mole rat, a curiously strange, ... or rat. Scientists at The University of Texas Health Science ... continue to explore this mystery. On May 2 a ... machines for protein disposal called proteasome assemblies differ ...
... ON Lawson Health Research Institute announced today that it ... the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Gregor Reid ... receive funding from the Gates Foundation. The research ... the nutrient rich plant called Moringa on the health outcomes ...
... A brain study in infant rats demonstrates that the ... new questions about using the first-line drug to treat ... Neurology EarlyView posted online May 11, researchers at ... drug phenobarbital given to rat pups about a week ...
Cached Biology News:Scientists find differences in naked mole rat's protein disposers 2Lawson recieves Grand Challenges Explorations grant for groundbreaking research 2Study raises questions about use of anti-epilepsy drugs in newborns 2Study raises questions about use of anti-epilepsy drugs in newborns 3
(Date:9/22/2014)... developed by researchers at the USC Viterbi School ... a 3-D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by ... , Microfluidic systems are used in many fields ... small volumes of fluids for use in applications ... clinical diagnostic testing, and synthetic chemistry. Traditionally, microfluidic ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... Analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in a mouse ... expression in several groups of CTCs, including significant differences ... ability to generate metastases. In their study reported ... , investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer ... found unexpected factors that may prove to be targets ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... engineering researchers have developed a unique nanoscale device ... of light. The discovery could have major implications ... for computation and communication. , The research paper ... assistant professor Mo Li and his graduate student ... appear in the October issue of Nature ...
(Date:9/22/2014)... September 22, 2014 Lawrence Livermore ... John DeGioia on Friday renewed their institutional commitment ... additional five years to expand the collaborative work ... and global climate, energy and environmental sciences. , ... MOU originally signed in December 2009 and is ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Lego-like modular components make building 3-D 'labs-on-a-chip' a snap 2Lego-like modular components make building 3-D 'labs-on-a-chip' a snap 3Lego-like modular components make building 3-D 'labs-on-a-chip' a snap 4Lego-like modular components make building 3-D 'labs-on-a-chip' a snap 5Massachusetts General study reveals gene expression patterns in pancreatic CTCs 2Massachusetts General study reveals gene expression patterns in pancreatic CTCs 3Engineers show light can play seesaw at the nanoscale 2Lawrence Livermore Renews Pact with Georgetown University to Expand Research and Education in Science and Policy 2
... made tremendous scientific advances by dissecting apart the ... at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering ... the pieces back together, mathematically. , John Yin, ... computer models of a relatively simple virus to ...
... SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 6 Cancer Clinics of ... community oncologists, announced the completion of its 62nd ... leading oncology disease states at the 4th Annual ... oncology group is now fully prepared to launch ...
... LLC, a clinical-stage drug development company commercializing first-in-class ... completion of a $2.9 million private placement. ... and clinical programs for its lead drug compound, ... David G. Kalergis, Chief Executive Officer of Diffusion ...
Cached Biology Technology:Mathematical models reveal how organisms transcend the sum of their genes 2Cancer Clinics of Excellence (CCE) Releases 62nd Evidence-Based Treatment Protocol 2Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Announces Completion of a $2.9 Million Private Placement and Company Presentations at Upcoming Industry Conferences in Geneva, Switzerland and Naples, Florida 2Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Announces Completion of a $2.9 Million Private Placement and Company Presentations at Upcoming Industry Conferences in Geneva, Switzerland and Naples, Florida 3
Mouse monoclonal [4i144] to HLA Class II DQ1 7 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). Antigen: Full length protein (Human): HLA Class 2 Antigen DQ1,7....
ASCIZ...
Goat polyclonal to CHMP5 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). Antigen: Synthetic peptide: C-NKDGVLVDEFGLPQ, corresponding to C terminal amino acids 202-215 of Human CHMP5 Entrez GeneID: ...
...
Biology Products: