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Psychol Aging. 1995 Mar;10(1):3-7.

Playing with pets and longevity among older people.

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Department of Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts 02254-9110, USA.


Models of the relations between contact with pets and better health are examined in an archival prospective study using data derived from the longitudinal study initiated by Terman in 1921 (current N = 343 men, 300 women). In survival analyses of documented longevity, playing with pets in 1977 (M age = 67 years) was not associated with mortality risk through 1991 for the total sample nor for those who were unmarried or those who were less satisfied with their human relationships. Playing with pets was not associated with health-prone attributes or healthy behaviors such as personality, social ties, education, and smoking.

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