Child's Best Friend: Kids Prefer Their Pets Over Siblings

February 7, 2017
in Kids

Dogs may be man's best friend, but a new study finds that pets are children's best friends, too — more so than their own siblings. The research does not suggest pets can replace siblings, but rather offers more information about how family pets can influence the development and well-being of children. Though the study looked at only 77 children in the United Kingdom, the findings add to a growing body of research about the role that pets play in people's lives. In Western households, pets are almost as common as siblings, but according to the researchers, there are few studies on the importance of child-pet relationships. [In Photos: America's Favorite Pets] "Anyone who has loved a childhood pet knows that we turn to them for companionship and disclosure, just like relationships between people," study lead author Matt Cassells, a psychiatry Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge, said in a statement....

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