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ERIC Number: EJ837859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2158
Love, Safety, and Companionship: The Human-Animal Bond and Latino Families
Faver, Catherine A.; Cavazos, Alonzo M., Jr.
Journal of Family Social Work, v11 n3 p254-271 Aug 2008
A survey found that 69.2% of a sample of 208 Latino university students in south Texas owned companion animals. Dogs were the most commonly owned companion animals, and 92% of dog and cat guardians regarded their companion animals as family members. Over 80% of the dog and cat guardians specified companionship and unconditional love as benefits offered by their animals. Eighty-six percent of dog guardians, compared to 44% of cat guardians, received a sense of safety from their animals. Assessment of the role of a companion animal in a family should guide a practitioner's decision about whether and how to include the animal in therapeutic interventions. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas