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Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s11135-021-01303-7
Title: "Furry Tales" : pet ownership's influence on subjective well-being during Covid-19 times
Language: English
Authors: Damberg, Svenja  
Frömbling, Lena  
Keywords: Subjective well-being; Human-pet relationship; Need support; Covid-19; PLS-SEM
Issue Date: Oct-2022
Publisher: Springer Nature
Source: Quality & Quantity 56 (5): 3645-3664 (2022-10)
Abstract (english): 
The social distancing required during Covid-19 times tended to make people feel lonelier than usual. Those with pets might, however, have experienced this less, because pets are known for fostering their owners’ subjective well-being. Building on a recently published structural equation model, our study enhances the understanding of subjective well-being by including the construct social distancing during Covid-19 times. In order to answer our research question—How does human-pet relationship need support influence subjective well-being by considering social isolation during Covid-19 times?—we build on the basic needs theory, assuming that humans as well as their pets have an inherent need of autonomy, relatedness, and competence. Using a multivariate data analysis method, namely partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM), we establish a path model and examine the relationship between human-pet relationship need support and subjective well-being by including psychological distress and social isolation during Covid-19 times as mediators. We operationalize subjective well-being as a three-dimensional construct consisting of positive affect, happiness, and life satisfaction. In a sample of 215 pet owners in the USA, supporting their need increases subjective well-being, and decreases the psychological distress and loneliness caused by social isolation during Covid-19 times. Furthermore, psychological distress decreases subjective well-being, whereas perceived loneliness during Covid-19 times does not. Our main contributions are to not only enhance our knowledge on the importance of human-pet relationships in critical times, but also to provide policy makers with insights into what influences people’s subjective well-being, which is closely related to their psychological health.
DOI: 10.15480/882.4738
ISSN: 1573-7845
Journal: Quality & quantity 
Institute: Personalwirtschaft und Arbeitsorganisation W-9 
Document Type: Article
Project: Projekt DEAL 
More Funding information: The data collection of this study was funded by the Förderverein Industrielles Management (FIM) e.V.
Peer Reviewed: Yes
License: CC BY 4.0 (Attribution) CC BY 4.0 (Attribution)
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