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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Impact of pet loss: A qualitative study of bereaved pet owners
by Sugano, Hiroko, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 82; 1507671
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the nature and effects of the bereavement experiences of pet owners who had lost their pet within the past 3 years. The importance of animal companionship in the everyday lives of pet owners and the benefits of animal companionship were examined, along with the struggles associated with the loss.

Overall, findings revealed that regardless of the duration of companionship or the cause of the pet's death, a high level of guilt among the majority of the participants was found when examining the impact of the loss. Additionally, support from partners and friends appeared to be the most utilized form of coping, followed by spiritual beliefs. Due to the subjective nature of this study, additional research is needed to fully understand the impact of losing a pet.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tan, Philip
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1507671
ISBN: 978-1-267-18185-5
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