Many folks prefer dogs to humans. So if you’d rather confide in your dog than your brother or sister, you’re not alone. New research from the University of Cambridge suggests that children may be closer to their pets than their human siblings!
Matt Cassels was working on a 10-year longitudinal study of children’s development and looking for a topic for his Master of Philosophy degree when he settled on the relationship between children and their pets.
As Cassels said in the Science Daily article that profiled the study:
“The data on pet relationships stood out as it had never occurred to me to consider looking at pet relationships although I had studied children’s other relationships for some time and even though my own experience of pets while I was growing up was so important.”
His research showed that children who came from disadvantaged backgrounds, or who lived through difficult experiences, were more likely to confide in their pets and benefit from an interspecies friendship. Interestingly, girls “argue” with their pets more than boys, who may have better relationships with their pets. That said, girls with dogs are more likely to be closer to their pets than their siblings.
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