The Study of Human-Animal Interactions Benefits We Derive from Companion Animals Pet ownership can facilitate child emotional development and teach empathy
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Pet ownership can facilitate child emotional development and teach empathy
The benefit for children of pet caring is great. Research shows that children who care for pets learn relatively early how to care for others. University of Cambridge Prof. E.S. Paul published a report in 1992 indicated a tendency in which pet ownership enables children to experience the dependency of another living thing, which has feelings and needs. Children tend to learn empathy for the feelings of other people through these experiences. At the University of California, Davis, in 1985 Prof. Bryant also reported that children could learn caring for others through pet ownership.
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