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Pets’ impact on people`s well-being in COVID-19: A quantitative study

Kuehne, Jane; Lieu, Jenai; Kotera, Yasuhiro; Taylor, Elaina

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Jane Kuehne

Jenai Lieu

Elaina Taylor


Introduction: The global coronavirus pandemic and the governmental restrictions to prevent the virus from spreading have generated anxiety, impacting people’s well-being. Former research suggested a positive impact of pets on their owner’s well-being, however little research has been conducted within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in which isolation measures and restrictions were implemented in many countries. Objective: This cross-sectional study was conducted to investigate the influence of pets on people’s well-being, social connectedness, coronavirus anxiety, and the relationship of pet attachment on well-being during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Participants (N=72) were opportunistically recruited online across several countries. Data was analyzed using a MANOVA and linear regression. Results: The results indicated that there were no significant differences between pet owners and non-pet owners in terms of well-being, social connectedness, and coronavirus anxiety. Furthermore, a statistically significant relationship between higher pet attachment and greater well-being was not found. Implications: Future research should focus on greater sample sizes and longitudinal data, with a focus on how pet-related interventions may improve well-being.


Kuehne, J., Lieu, J., Kotera, Y., & Taylor, E. (2022). Pets’ impact on people`s well-being in COVID-19: A quantitative study. Journal of Concurrent Disorders,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 23, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 19, 2022
Publication Date Sep 19, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 18, 2022
Journal Journal of Concurrent Disorders
Electronic ISSN 2562-7546
Publisher Concurrent Disorders Society Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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