Journal article

Child-companion animal attachment bonds in single and two-parent families

W Bodsworth, GJ Coleman

Anthrozoös | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2001


This study addressed the issue of whether children who potentially have reduced access to parental resources have a stronger attachment bond with a dog, compared with children who have greater access. The study compared children in single-parent families with those in two-parent families on level of attachment to their family dog. Parents judged children's level of attachment to dogs by completing the Companion Animal Bonding Scale. The children's ages ranged between three and twelve years. Overall, children in single-parent families did show significantly higher levels of attachment to dogs than children in two-parent families. A comparison of attachment to dogs across family type showed th..

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