Some research links pet ownership with the development of positive psychological characteristics in children. In one study of third through sixth-grade children, for example, those with pets scored higher on measures of autonomy, self-concept, and self-esteem with the highest scores among fifth and sixth graders. The better performance of the older children in the sample led the researchers to conclude that the greatest benefits from pets may be derived as children enter preadolescence.
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Another study also suggests that children in middle childhood may benefit the most from their association with companion animals. Preschool children scored lower on scales measuring activity with and interest in animals than did middle school and high school students, and children in elementary school had higher scores in taking responsibility for pet care than did either the preschool or high school youngsters in the sample.
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