The Relationship of the Social Needs of a Person and the Reasons Underlying the Decision to Become the Owner of a Pet



The article presents data from a study whose purpose was to establish whether there is a connection between the needs of a person in communicating with other people and the reasons for which he gets a pet, and also to determine whether there are differences in interpersonal needs in people who voluntarily and happily become the owner of a home animal and those who do not see themselves as owners. To determine the main reasons underlying the interaction of humans with animals, an author’s questionnaire was developed. As a result of mathematical data processing, significant relationships were established between different types of social needs and the reasons for animal ownership. In addition, the differences between the social needs of those who cannot imagine their life without pets and those who do not see themselves as owners of animals were analyzed.

General Information

Keywords: Human-Animal Interaction, pets, social needs, psychological aspects of pet ownership

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Doronina T.V., Arcishevskaya E.V. The Relationship of the Social Needs of a Person and the Reasons Underlying the Decision to Become the Owner of a Pet. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2020. Vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 125–135. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2020130409. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Tatyana V. Doronina, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of General Psychology, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena V. Arcishevskaya, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of General Psychology, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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