Young Adults Who Care for Animals May Have Stronger Communal Connections and Relationships


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According to a study appearing in Applied Developmental Science, young adults who care for animals may have stronger social relationships and connection to their communities.

Megan Mueller, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and research assistant professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, tells that the findings indicate that it may not be whether an animal is present in an individual's life that is most significant but rather the quality of that relationship.


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