Is Owning A Pet Positively Influences College Student's Well Being?

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Our hypothesis was this: owning a pet positively influences college-student’s well-being. Several studies and published articles have backed up this topic, such as “Companion Animals: In Sickness and In Health” by Siegel. This study found that owners who felt more attached to their pets were relatively happy whereas those who were unattached felt generally unhappy much more often. It also found that recently widowed women who did not own pets were much more likely to experience headaches, panic, and general fear while pet owners in the same category experiences these symptoms much less (Siegel 1993). Also, in “The Effects of Animals on Well-Being” by Wells, long-term health benefits such as helping with recovery from sickness were researched, and it was determined that owning a pet can reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression as well as promoting feelings of self-worth and independence (Wells 2009). It is easy to see the positive influences that owning a pet can have on the general population, but very few studies have been done on the specific population of college-aged young adults. Simple interaction with pets and research on pet-therapy programs has been done, but not in regards to the long-term benefits of owning a companion animal.
In a college setting, depression, anxiety, and stress are extremely common. Recently, pet therapy programs have become a common occurrence on campuses to battle the stress college can cause. Studies have shown that young

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