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dc.contributor.authorCarr, Dawn
dc.contributor.authorFriedmann, Erika
dc.contributor.authorGee, Nancy R.
dc.contributor.authorGilchrist, Chelsea
dc.contributor.authorSachs-Ericsson, Natalie
dc.contributor.authorKoodaly, Lincy
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-28T14:07:30Z
dc.date.available2021-06-28T14:07:30Z
dc.date.issued2021-06-22
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/16092
dc.description.abstractPet ownership can provide important companionship and facilitate social connections, which may be particularly important to socially isolated older adults. Given the significant deleterious impact of loneliness on health and wellbeing in later life, many predicted that public safety measures imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic would greatly increase loneliness, particularly among vulnerable populations like older adults. We investigated whether dog walking buffers loneliness in the context of stressors imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Longitudinal survey data were obtained from a Florida community-based sample of adults (n = 466) aged 60+ years old in September 2018 and October 2020. Using OLS regression models, we tested: a) the association between the social consequences of COVID-19 and changes in loneliness, and b) the buffering effect of dog walking on this relationship. The high social consequences of COVID-19 were related to increases in loneliness. Walking a dog daily buffered the relationship. These results suggest potential therapeutic effects of dog walking for the promotion of mental health in older adults, particularly in the context of stressful situations that accentuate risks for loneliness.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHuman Animal Bond Research Instituteen_US
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.3390/ani11071852en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMDPI AGen_US
dc.relation.ispartofAnimalsen_US
dc.subjectAgingen_US
dc.subjectExerciseen_US
dc.subjectHuman–animal interactionen_US
dc.subjectPet ownershipen_US
dc.titleDog walking and the social impact of the covid-19 pandemic on loneliness in older adultsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/ani11071852
dc.source.volume11
dc.source.issue7


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