Qualities of Life: Pet Ownership and Well-Being

Kyle Carson Hanover College, Aaron Marin Hanover College, Mark Sprinkle Hanover College
Faculty Sponsor(s): Stephen Dine Young Hanover College
Previous research has found a relationship between pet ownership and emotional well-being, such as the calming effect that dogs can have on individuals with anxiety and trauma. The researchers believe that the positive aspects of pet ownership go beyond just immediate emotional experience however. In this study we will look at the relationship between pet ownership and the different dimensions of the PERMA (positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishments) model that has emerged from positive psychology. We will be distributing an online 10-20 minute survey via social media, email and a database linking users to psychological research projects on the web. The questionnaire will focus on various demographics, including pet ownership, and will assess each individual aspect of the PERMA model. We believe that people who own pets will score higher in every dimension of the PERMA model compared to non-pet owners. We hope that the results of this study can be used to make a case for the valuable contributions that pets can make to human well-being.

Oral Presentation

When & Where

02:00 PM
Gallahue Hall 101