Les relations entre l'attachement à un animal de compagnie, le bien-être subjectif et le soutien social des personnes présentant un problème de santé mentale

Authors: Nadeau, Julie
Advisor: St-Onge, Myreille
Abstract: The purpose of this dissertation is to demystify the role played by pets in individual well-being and social support to adults with mental illness. To this end, results from qualitative (n=7) and quantitative (n=20) data were collated for comparison with Weiss’ social provision theory (1974). This study highlights the fact that much like a continuum, pets are relationship surrogates whose importance fluctuates according to a person’s social needs. Thus, persons benefiting from less social support show a greater degree of attachment to their pets, since the animals give them emotional support and an opportunity to feel useful. This role is considerably less significant among persons benefiting from adequate social support, in such cases the pet’s role is restricted to more utilitarian functions.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2008
Open Access Date: 13 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/20036
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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