The American Psychological Association published an article about the benefits of having pets. The main conclusion was that not only does pets serve as protective factors for their owners, but also, the can help decrease mental health symptoms. The article came from analyzing various studies and here are the mayor findings:
- Pets can serve as important sources of social and emotional support for “everyday people,” not just individuals facing significant health challenges.
- Elderly Medicare patients with pets had fewer doctor visits than similar patients without pets, or that HIV-positive men with pets were less depressed than those without.
- Several differences between the groups emerged, and in all cases, pet owners were happier, healthier and better adjusted than were non-owners.
- Greater well-being among owners whose dogs increased their feelings of belonging, self-esteem and meaningful existence.
- Pets can make people feel better after experiencing rejection.