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Exploring the loss and disenfranchised grief of animal care workers

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This article explores the psychological distress of Animal Care Workers (ACWs), and the disenfranchisement of this distress through mixed methods study conducted as an online survey. In all, 139 participants responded about their experiences as an ACW, related psychological distress, and the systemic disenfranchisement of distress. Findings indicate that nearly half of ACWs experienced symptoms of depression in the previous month. Over 66% indicated it was difficult to cope. Limited support often resulted in a disenfranchized loss. Implications suggest ACW distress and disenfranchisement related to animals they serve is similar to that of individuals who lose animal companions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA; 2: College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UK

Publication date: January 2, 2020

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