Interaction and Emotional Connection with Pets: A Descriptive Analysis from Puerto Rico
Department of Psychology, Ana G. Méndez University, Gurabo Campus, Gurabo, PR 00777, USA
Department of Education, University of Extremadura, Avda, de Elvas, s/n, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
College of Education, Ana G. Méndez University, Cupey Campus, San Juan, PR 00926, USA
Department of Sociology, University of Murcia, C/Campus Universitario, 11, 30100 Murcia, Spain
Department of Social Work and Social Services, University of Murcia, Avda, Teniente Flomesta, 5, 30003 Murcia, Spain
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Received: 23 October 2020 / Accepted: 12 November 2020 / Published: 17 November 2020
The coexistence of humans with pets, and the type and quality of interactions that derive from it, is a growing line of research that covers many scientific disciplines: veterinary sciences, education, psychology, biological sciences, sociology, neuroscience, etc. In this article, we analyze both the characteristics of care for pets and the feelings and emotions involved in the human–pet relationship in the population of Puerto Rico. The sample has been of 1436 people. The most representative results of the research show how pets have a positive impact on the mental health of their owners, because of the emotional connection established, which leads them to experience mainly feelings of love, joy and peace.