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The effects of dog-owning on students’ levels of stress and loneliness

Mackey, Jocelyn (2020) The effects of dog-owning on students’ levels of stress and loneliness. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The effects of dog-owning on students’ levels of stress and loneliness was tested using a two way between-groups ANOVA and Mann-Whitney U test. A two-way between groups ANOVA was conducted to discover the impact of dog-owning on stress and gender. Data for the loneliness variable were not normally distributed, a Mann-Whitney U test was conducted to discover the influence of gender and dog-owning on loneliness. The current study aimed to find interactions between dog-owning and stress, dog-owning and loneliness and to which gender is there a greater influence. One hundred and forty-two participants were recruited through convenient sampling by an online survey posted to popular social media sites. Participants age ranged between 18-27, one hundred and nine females and thirty-two males. Results conclude that there was a significant difference between males and females on the outcome of stress but there was no difference between dog-owning and non-dog-owning. There was also no interaction between gender and dog-owning. There were also no statistically significant results found on the impact of dog-owning on the loneliness levels of the student population. Implications include a small sample size and for future studies a larger sample size including a more vulnerable population would be recommended.
Keywords: dog-owning, students, stress, loneliness, gender

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 27 May 2021 12:12
Last Modified: 27 May 2021 12:12
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4861

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