40 J. Soc. & Soc. Welfare 261 (2013)
Attachment, Social Support, and Perceived Mental Health of Adult Dog Walkers: What Does Age Have to Do with It

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Mental Health of Adult Dog Walkers: What
Does Age Have to Do With It?
E ELLEN NETTING
Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Social Work
CINDY C. WILSON
JEFFREY L. GOODIE
MARK B. STEPHENS
Uniformed Services University
Family Medicine
CHRISTOPHER G. BYERS
MidWest Veterinary Specialty Hospital
CARA H. OLSEN
Uniformed Services University
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
In part of a larger pilot study of dog walking as a physical activity
intervention we assessed levels of attachment, social supports, and
perceived mental health of 75 dog owners, identified through a ter-
tiary-care veterinary hospital. Owners completed the Medical Out-
comes Study (MOS) Social Support Survey, mental health compo-
nent of the Short-Form-12 (SF-12) Health Survey, and the Lexing-
ton Attachment to Pets Scale (LAPS). Of particular interest was
that younger owners had stronger attachments to their dogs (r =
-.488;p <.001) and less social support (r = .269;p =.021). Our study
Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, December 2013, Volume XL, Number 4
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