Students With Pets Have Less Stress
Yes it is true! At least according to the survey conducted by Sara Staats and colleagues.
Of the 241 students and 100 adults surveyed, 98 were dog owners, 42 cat owners, 97 people had both cats and dogs, and 74 people with other pets.
The most common reason given for keeping pets was to combat loneliness. Coming in second was the reason to keep them active. But the third most common reason help in the hard times.
Students in particular find pets helpful in getting through tough times.
Sara Staats, PhD, believes this may have to do with the fact that teenagers are in a position of transition and may not have built their social network and social skills to be able to cope with change.
Staats and colleagues conclude that, although the students in their study may not represent all college students, “pets provide important benefits to young persons as well as the better-known benefits provided to the lonely, elderly, or ill.”