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Aspects of health, physical/leisure activities, work and socio-demographics associated with pet ownership in Sweden
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0510-2458
R&D Centre/Centre for Clinical Research, Sörmland County Council, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
R&D Centre/Centre for Clinical Research, Sörmland County Council, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3787-1040
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 38, no 1, p. 56-63Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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AIMS: The aim of the work presented here was to explore differences between pet owners and non-pet-owners concerning aspects of health, physical/leisure activities, work and socio-demographics. METHODS: The study was based on nationally representative data from the Swedish population (n = 43,589). Associations between pet ownership and background variables were investigated using logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: A total of 39,995 respondents were included in the analysis (non-pet-owners = 25,006; pet owners = 14,989). Pet ownership was associated with both positive and negative aspects of health, physical/leisure activities and socio-demographics. Pet owners had better general health but suffered more from mental health problems than non-pet-owners. Their leisure activities involved a greater interest in nature life and/or gardening than those of non-pet-owners. The logistic regression analysis showed that people who were self-employed, in the age range 35 to 49, of female sex, and suffering from pain in the head, neck and shoulders were more likely to own a pet than others. People physically active at a level sufficient to have a positive effect on their health more often owned a pet than people who were less active. CONCLUSIONS: Pet owners differ from non-pet-owners in aspects of socio-demographics, health, physical/leisure activities and work situation. This study, based on a general regional population in Sweden, showed differences of both a positive and a negative kind between non-pet-owners and pet owners concerning aspects of health, physical and leisure activities, and work situation.

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2010. Vol. 38, no 1, p. 56-63
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-7623DOI: 10.1177/1403494809344358ISI: 000274115900008PubMedID: 19717574Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-76249118481OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-7623DiVA, id: diva2:279326
Available from: 2009-12-02 Created: 2009-12-02 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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