Does Pet Arrival Trigger Prosocial Behaviors in Individuals with Autism?
Item scores of “offering comfort” at t0 (4-to-5-years old; in grey) and t1 (current period, mean age: 129.9±55.8 months old; in black) for G0A (group with no pet in the family), Gpet (group with a pet arriving after the child’s 5th birthday), G0B (group with no pet in the family) and Galw (group always with at least one pet at home since birth).
Higher the score, more significant was the impairment “offering comfort” (e.g. reassuring parents or peers who were sad or hurt). Comparisons were performed using Wilcoxon’s matched-pairs signed ranks tests (Significant threshold: p<0.0014).