Quality of life and adolescents’ communication with their significant others (mother, father, and best friend): the mediating effect of attachment to pets

Marsa sambola, Ferran, Williams, J, Muldoon, J, Lawrence, A, Connor, M and Currie, C (2017) Quality of life and adolescents’ communication with their significant others (mother, father, and best friend): the mediating effect of attachment to pets. Attachment & Human Development, 19 (3). pp. 278-297. ISSN 1461-6734

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Abstract

The relationship between adolescents’ communication with their significant others (mother, father, and best friend) and quality of life (KIDSCREEN) was investigated in 2262 Scottish adolescent pet owners. The variable attachment to pets was also tested and assessed as a mediator of this relationship. A positive relationship between adolescents’ communication with their significant other (mother, father, and best friend) and quality of life decreased when controlling for attachment to dogs. In cat owners, a positive relationship between communication with a best friend and quality of life decreased when controlling for attachment to cats. In cat and dog owners, attachment to these pets predicted higher levels of quality of life. Higher attachment to dogs and cats was explained by good best friend (IV) and attachment to pets (DV) and best friends. Mediation effects of attachment to dogs and cats might be explained in terms of the caring activities associated with these types of pets.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attachment to pets, quality of life, communication, parents, best friend, adolescence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 13:55
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2018 07:51
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/380

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