Зависимость появления домашних питомцев в зависимости от возраста детей
Based on the data obtained from the survey (n=733) among students, conducted among first-year students of the faculty of psychology of Moscow State University and among the clients of the veterinary surgeon in 2008-2012, we have analyzed the dependence of the frequency of occurrence of pets, which respondents considered “family member”, on the age of child/children in the family at the time of their purchase. Our findings may indicate a nonrandom occurrence of pets in families. The decision to purchase a pet, apparently, occurs at moments of acute anxiety in the family associated with the normative crises of passage stages of the life cycle: the separation of children (school age and the notorious “teenage” crisis). Pets, due to the nature of their communication (emotional) relationships with people, can stabilize the family system in times of crises. Key words: pet, systemic approach, triangulation, family psychology, family normative crises, animal-children relationships.