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ERIC Number: EJ786897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 15
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ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Pets and Human Health in Germany and Australia: National Longitudinal Results
Headey, Bruce; Grabka, Markus M.
Social Indicators Research, v80 n2 p297-311 Jan 2007
The German and Australian "longitudinal" surveys analysed here are the first national representative surveys to show that (1) people who continuously own a pet are the healthiest group and (2) people who cease to have a pet or never had one are less healthy. Most previous studies which have claimed that pets confer health benefits were "cross-sectional." So they were open to the objection that owners may have been healthier in the first place, rather than becoming healthier due to owning a pet. In both countries the data show that pet owners make about 15% fewer annual doctor visits than non-owners. The relationship remains statistically significant after controlling for gender, age, marital status, income and other variables associated with health. The German data come from the German Socio-Economic Panel in which respondents have been interviewed every year since 1984 (N = 9723). Australian data come from the Australian National Social Science Survey 2001 (N = 1246).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Germany