In a newly published study, the University of Liverpool examined the benefits to children growing up with pets.
The study concluded that youngsters with pets tend to have greater self-esteem, less loneliness, and enhanced social skills – research that adds strength to claims that household pets can help support healthy child development.
“The patterns among sub-populations and age groups suggests that companion animals have the potential to promote healthy child and adolescent development,” says WALTHAM researcher Nancy Gee, a co-author of the study. “This is an exciting field of study and there is still much to learn about the processes through which pet ownership may impact healthy child development.”
I don’t think the conclusion of this study is any surprise to those of us who have grown up with pets…