• Apr 4, 2020

For certain many of those to whom in the childhood has the luck to have canine or feathery friend, with tenderness the communication moments remember with them. And with an ulterior motive – scientists assume that animals make children happy. And even help to study better.

Girl and Cat of a Photo
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For example, the research in which children of 9 - 13 years, very diffident participated was conducted. The task was to find out whether they feel at the same time lonely, whether look for the help and support (including at animals), whether rely on the social communications. Children worked in groups on 5 – 6 people, filled out 4 questionnaires. The sex of the child, progress at school and the standard of living of family were considered.

It became clear that children who badly study (strongly lag behind on mathematics and French), much suffer from loneliness stronger, they have less friends, and they are far more rare ask for the help if they sadly or need to solve the arising problems.

Absolutely another appeared a situation with children who study well. What is interesting – at them much more often than at "losers", there are friends and animals (a dog and/or a cat) who help to cope with difficulties. When these children feel internal discomfort or feel lonely, they find support from animals. It is emotional support (children consider that animals can listen, protect, calm them or to show the attachment) or just friendship when the child and his canine friend together spend time.

There is a question: poorly in the time children do not know how it is pleasant to communicate with animals (by the way, such children meet also with difficulties in communication with peers) more often, or to them on presence of an animal does not bring to any reason joy?

Floor and standard of living of family also have an impact on results. Girls communicate with animals more often, than boys. And children from the middle class – it is more, than children from so-called "unsuccessful" families.

Considering these results, it is possible to assume that it would be quite good to use animals in work with poorly in the time children, to help them to achieve success in study and to raise self-confidence.

Source: A. Salomon. PhD, Faculty of psychology, Université de Montréal, Montreal, P.Q. (The document is submitted at the 7th International conference on problems of relationship of people and animals, health and improvement of quality of life, Geneva, Switzerland).

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