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Pets can help people with mental health condition: study

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Adopting a can not only reduce but also benefit those suffering from mental problems, a study has found.

There is increasing recognition of the therapeutic function pets can play in relation to mental

However, there has been no systematic review of the evidence related to the comprehensive role of companion animals and how pets might contribute to the work associated with managing a long-term mental condition.

The study, published in the journal BMC Psychiatry, aimed to explore the extent, nature and quality of the evidence implicating the role and utility of ownership for people living with a condition.

Researchers at in the UK systematically reviewed 17 international research papers, to identify the positive, negative and neutral impacts of ownership.

The study highlighted the 'intensiveness' of connectivity people with companion animals reported, and the multi-faceted ways in which pets contributed to the work associated with managing a condition, particularly in times of crisis.

The negative aspects of pet ownership were also highlighted, including the practical and emotional burden of pet ownership and the psychological impact that losing a pet has.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 13:25 IST