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dc.contributor.authorCurl, Angela L.
dc.contributor.authorBibbo, Jessica
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Rebecca A.
dc.identifier.otherCurl, A. L., Bibbo, J. L., & Johnson, R. (2020). Neighborhood Engagement, Dogs, and Life Satisfaction in Older Adulthood. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi:10.1177/0733464820953725en_US
dc.description.abstractObjectives: This study examined the relationships between dog ownership, dog walking, and the emotional bond with a dog to neighborhood engagement and life satisfaction among those over age 50. Methods: Using data from the Health and Retirement Study (N=476), two path analysis models were conducted to test the research hypotheses. Results: Findings indicated that dog ownership did not have a direct or indirect relationship on life satisfaction. However, time spent in dog walking was associated with frequency of social interactions, which itself had a positive association with life satisfaction. The bond with a dog was not directly associated with life satisfaction but was associated with dog walking. Discussion: Dog walking is a promising strategy for simultaneously promoting better health and social engagement, and these factors in turn can promote greater life satisfaction of older adults.en_US
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dc.titleNeighborhood Engagement, Dogs, and Life Satisfaction in Older Adulthooden_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US

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    Dr. Angela Curl - Assistant Professor, Family Studies And Social Work

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