Journal article

Dog ownership, dog walking, and social capital

Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Akitomo Yasunaga, Ai Shibata, Kaori Ishii, Rina Miyawaki, Kuniko Araki, Tomoki Nakaya, Tomoya Hanibuchi, Gavin R McCormack, Koichiro Oka

HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES COMMUNICATIONS | SPRINGERNATURE | Published : 2021

Abstract

Evidence for social pathways to health benefits for dog owners appears positive but less well-developed. Our study aimed to estimate the differences in social capital by dog ownership and dog walking status among young-to-middle-aged adults and older adults in Japan. Data from 3606 residents living in Japan were used. Data on social capital, dog ownership, and dog walking were collected by questionnaires. Age-stratified multivariable linear regression models were used to estimate differences in social capital scores by dog ownership and dog walking status. Among young-to-middle-aged adults, the mean of the activities with neighbours score, adjusted for covariates, was significantly higher (p..

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Grants

Awarded by JSPS KAKENHI


Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research Foundations Scheme Grant


Awarded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


Funding Acknowledgements

Nakaya was supported by the JSPS KAKENHI (#20H00040). McCormack is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Foundations Scheme Grant (FDN-154331). Oka is supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (No. 20H04113) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.