1. Read the article
pets a healthy...." On p. 237 the author presents a summary of some
of the research on the topic. Some of the conclusions she describes are correlational
and some are causal. Write "causal" or "correlational" next
to these conclusions:
"Elderly people with pets appear to be buffered from the impact of stressful
"Among people with AIDS, pet owners have a lower incidence of depression
than do people without pets."
"Just talking to pets, compared with talking to people, is associated
with lower cardiovascular responses."
"The presence of pets reduces blood pressure of children reading aloud."
"Pet ownership also has been shown to be associated with lower lipid
levels and reduced levels of other cardiovascular risk factors."
2. Why do you think
the author includes a section in the article on "limitations"?
3. (Optional) Do
you have any anecdotal evidence of a pet reducing your stress, or that of a
friend or family member?