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Cat and Dog Ownership in Early Life and Infant Development : A Prospective Birth Cohort Study of Japan Environment and Children's Study

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Title: Cat and Dog Ownership in Early Life and Infant Development : A Prospective Birth Cohort Study of Japan Environment and Children's Study
Authors: Minatoya, Machiko Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Araki, Atsuko Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Miyashita, Chihiro Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Itoh, Sachiko Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Kobayashi, Sumitaka Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Yamazaki, Keiko Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Ait Bamai, Yu Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Saijyo, Yasuaki Browse this author
Ito, Yoshiya Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Kishi, Reiko Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Kamijima, Michihiro Browse this author
Yamazaki, Shin Browse this author
Ohya, Yukihiro Browse this author
Kishi, Reiko Browse this author
Yaegashi, Nobuo Browse this author
Hashimoto, Koichi Browse this author
Mori, Chisato Browse this author
Ito, Shuichi Browse this author
Yamagata, Zentaro Browse this author
Inadera, Hidekuni Browse this author
Nakayama, Takeo Browse this author
Iso, Hiroyasu Browse this author
Shima, Masayuki Browse this author
Kurozawa, Youichi Browse this author
Suganuma, Narufumi Browse this author
Kusuhara, Koichi Browse this author
Katoh, Takahiko Browse this author
Keywords: pet ownership
child development
birth cohort
Issue Date: Jan-2020
Publisher: MDPI
Journal Title: International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume: 17
Issue: 1
Start Page: 205
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17010205
Abstract: Contact with companion animals has been suggested to have important roles in enhancing child development. However, studies focused on child development and pet ownership at a very early age are limited. The purpose of the current study was to investigate child development in relation to pet ownership at an early age in a nationwide prospective birth cohort study: the Japan Environment and Children's Study. Associations between cat and dog ownership at six months and infant development at 12 months of age were examined in this study. Infant development was assessed using the Ages & Stages Questionnaires(TM) (ASQ-3) at 12 months. Among participants of (Japan Environment and Children's Study) JECS, those with available data of cat and dog ownership at six months and data for the ASQ-3 at 12 months were included (n = 78,868). Having dogs showed higher percentages of pass in all five domains measured by ASQ-3 (communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem-solving, and personal-social) compared to those who did not have dogs. Significantly decreased odds ratios (ORs) of developmental delays were observed in association with having dogs in all fix domains (communication: OR = 0.73, gross motor: OR = 0.86, fine motor: OR = 0.84, problem-solving: OR = 0.90, personal-social: OR = 0.83). This study suggested that early life dog ownership may reduce the risks of child developmental delays.
Type: article
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