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J Community Health Nurs. 2008 Jan-Mar;25(1):1-14. doi: 10.1080/07370010701836286.

The mediating effect of pet attachment support between loneliness and general health in older females living in the community.

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College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences, Kean University, Union, NJ 07083, USA. ckrausep@kean.edu

Abstract

The relationship between loneliness and general health was investigated in 159 older females living in the community. Pet attachment support, a variable tested as a mediator of this relationship, was examined also. Participants completed the Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale, a Pet Attachment scale, and the Psychological General Well-Being Schedule: general health subscale. A negative relationship between loneliness and general health decreased when controlling for pet attachment support as a coping mechanism. The findings from this study support that pet attachment support has a mediating effect on the relationship between loneliness and general health in this sample of older females. Implications for community health nurses and public policy are discussed.

PMID:
18444062
DOI:
10.1080/07370010701836286
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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