Journal article

Pet ownership and mental health during COVID-19 lockdown

A Phillipou, EJ Tan, WL Toh, TE Van Rheenen, D Meyer, E Neill, PJ Sumner, SL Rossell



Owning a pet has often been associated with improved mental health among owners, including enhanced quality of life, and decreased levels of depression and loneliness. The aim of this study was to identify whether owning a cat and/or dog was associated with better psychological wellbeing during a strict lockdown period in Victoria, Australia, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data were analysed from a large-scale mental health study: the COvid-19 and you: mentaL heaLth in AusTralia now survEy (COLLATE). The impact of pet ownership on levels of resilience, loneliness and quality of life were examined in a sample of 138 pet owners and 125 non-pet owners. Hierarchical linear regression analyses ind..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

A Phillipou and W.L. Toh are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Project Grants (CIA-GNT1159953, CIA-GNT1161609, respectively). S.L. Rossell holds a Senior NHMRC Fellowship (GNT1154561), and E.J. Tan (GNT1142424) and T.V. Van Rheenen (GNT1088785) hold Early Career NHMRC Fellowships. The authors would also like to thank their own pets, as well as all of the participants who took the time to participate in this study.