The impact of pet ownership on self esteem, life satisfaction and personality

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Connaughton, Leda Juliana
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The purpose of this quantitative study was to explore the effects of pet ownership on self-esteem, life satisfaction and personality in pet and non-pet owners. Participants were (N=100) in total with (N=71) females and (N=29) males. Participants were asked demographic questions along with three self-report measures. The Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale (RSE; Rosenberg, 1965) was used to measure participant’s self-esteem. The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS; Diener, Emmons, Larsen & Griffin, 1985) was used to measure subject’s life satisfaction. The Big Five Inventory (BFI; John & Srivastava, 1999) was used to measure the personalities of participants. Independent sample t-tests found no significant differences between pet and non-pet owners in relation to levels of self-esteem as well as personality. In addition, a Mann Whitney U test showed no significance differences in life satisfaction between pet and non-pet owners. These findings and the implications of the findings are discussed in greater detail. Author keywords: pet ownership