Date of Completion


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Grade 12


pet owners, non-pet owners, perceived stress level, PSS, Significant difference


The study focused on the comparison of perceived stress levels of the young adult student pet owners, and non-pet owners. The aim of the researchers is to gather and compare if the stress levels between pet and non-pet owners are significant and can be utilized as a main stress coping mechanism from one way to another, and this is done by using the method of PSS, or Perceived Stress Scale. The gathering of respondents situated in Cavite with the pilot testing done in Laguna with the criteria fit for participation garnered a total of 405 participants from April 13-17, 2022, this also utilized the snowball sampling method to further increase the reach through people to people. With the commencement of the statistical analysis, the results showed a 19.18 average perceived stress scale total score for the pet owners with an SD of 2.9, while results for the non-pet owners showed a 22.78 average PSS total score with an SD of 3.062. Furthermore over 88% of all the non-pet owners scored a higher PSS total score than the average PSS score of all the pet owners and yielded a Cohen¶s d value of 1.2 Zhen both variables are compared to each other which is a large effect size that indicates a major significant difference between the Individual scores of the pet owners and the average score of all the non-pet owners. This explains that the ownership of the pets can help towards stress alleviation either through coping mechanisms through pets or even just thanks to a pet¶s presence. Further research is needed for future endeavors and specific target criteria.

First Advisor

Pauline L. Cueno