Date of Award
Master of Social Work
School of Social Work
The purpose of this project was to examine whether or not caregivers who own pets experience less loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress as compared to caregivers who do not own pets. Quantitative data was obtained through a sample survey of 150 random caregivers served by Inland Caregiver Resource Center (ICRC). Qualitative data was obtained through five open-ended questions included in the survey. The study found a significant increase in loneliness among caregivers who own pets.
Dimaggio, Eveleen Irene and Hughes, Nicole Renee, "The effects of pet ownership and attachment on caregivers' mental health" (2005). Theses Digitization Project. 2846.