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Does owning a pet protect older people against loneliness?

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Geriatrics, September 2014
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#32 of 1,613)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (97th percentile)

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3 news outlets
blogs
1 blog
twitter
24 tweeters
facebook
3 Facebook pages

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Title
Does owning a pet protect older people against loneliness?
Published in
BMC Geriatrics, September 2014
DOI 10.1186/1471-2318-14-106
Pubmed ID
Authors

Jitka Pikhartova, Ann Bowling, Christina Victor

Abstract

Pet ownership is thought to make a positive contribution to health, health behaviours and the general well-being of older people. More specifically pet ownership is often proposed as a solution to the problem of loneliness in later life and specific 'pet based' interventions have been developed to combat loneliness. However the evidence to support this relationship is slim and it is assumed that pet ownership is a protection against loneliness rather than a response to loneliness. The aim of this paper is to examine the association between pet ownership and loneliness by exploring if pet ownership is a response to, or protection against, loneliness using Waves 0-5 from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA).

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 2%
Germany 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 114 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 29 24%
Student > Master 28 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 13%
Researcher 12 10%
Student > Postgraduate 6 5%
Other 19 16%
Unknown 11 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 23 19%
Psychology 22 18%
Medicine and Dentistry 15 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 10 8%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 8 7%
Other 25 21%
Unknown 17 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 54. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 March 2020.
All research outputs
#366,907
of 14,568,520 outputs
Outputs from BMC Geriatrics
#32
of 1,613 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#6,172
of 210,498 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Geriatrics
#1
of 1 outputs
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