Nonetheless, researchers have largely focused on the human relationships in children’s lives, with only a few seeking to better understand the importance of the human-animal bond in children’s development.
Thus our empirical understanding of the way in which having an animal-or not having one in a culture that clearly values them-may influence children’s development is more limited than many people might suppose.
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It could well be that pets do influence child development in very significant ways and that, as one student of child-pet relationships suggests, science just has not caught up with what appears clear from our collective observations.
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