Study suggests anxious people may be more apt to get bitten by dogs

Researchers with the University of Liverpool have found that people who tend to be more anxious may have an increased risk of being bitten by a dog.

The study involved surveying 694 people in Cheshire, England.

Questions were asked about personal canine bite histories and the emotional stability and neurosis level of each participant was assessed using the Ten Item Personality Inventory.

It was found that emotionally stable and less neurotic people appeared to be at a lower risk of being bitten by a dog

The team noted that the study was observational and more research would be needed before any conclusions are made about anxiety-related cause and effect relationships.

β€œThe suggested link between victim personality and risk of being bitten requires further investigation and potential consideration in the design of future bite prevention schemes,” Carri Westgarth, one of the researchers, said.

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