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Personalities and health in older cat and dog owners: A HUNT-study
Högskolen i Nord Trndelag.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1614-7379
Hgskolen i Nord Tröndelag.
Norwegian Food Safety Authority, Steinkjer, Norway.
2013 (English)In: Health, ISSN 1949-4998, E-ISSN 1949-5005, Vol. 5, no 9, 1449-1454 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this population study was to identify personality traits among older (>65 years) male and female owners of cats and dogs and to com- pare their general health status in relation to their personality. Further, the aim was to exa- mine whether current cat and dog ownership could be predicted by the owners’ personality and health. Data were collected from the North- Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT) in Norway. In- cluded were a total of 1897 cat or dog owners between the ages of 65 years and 101 years. The results showed that there were a higher propor- tion of introverted male cat owners than extra- verted ones. Moreover, a majority of women with cats reported that their health was not good. Furthermore, female cat owners who displayed higher scores on neurotic traits experienced sig- nificantly poorer health compared to those female cat owners that experienced good health. The same was true for female cat owners who con- sidered themselves to be introverted. Neither per- sonality nor health could predict pet-ownership, but it was more likely for older individuals (80 - 101 years) to own a cat than a dog. This study has shown that human personality is associated with cat and dog ownership, but there are other fac- tors connected with pet ownership as well. 

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2013. Vol. 5, no 9, 1449-1454 p.
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Pet Ownership; Cats and Dogs; Health; Personality; Old Age; Population Study
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20836DOI: 10.4236/health.2013.59197OAI: diva2:681360
Available from: 2013-12-19 Created: 2013-12-19 Last updated: 2013-12-20Bibliographically approved

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