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Having a pet helps with social development in teenagers, study finds

Having a pet helps with social development in teenagers, study finds

Pets are known for their loving companionship and have many other wonderful benefits but a new study shows that they also help with social development for adolescents. The study, published in the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, analyzed a sample of 700 middle school students aged 11–16 in the greater Boston area, in Massachusetts, US. Adolescents who have dogs were more likely to check social media more frequently, give and receive online social support, and feel less social isolation….

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