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Pet Loss and Human Emotion: Romanian Students' Reflections on Pet Loss

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Thirty-five graduate and undergraduate students, owners of dogs and cats, were asked to respond in writing to a several questions regarding their relationship with their pet. In this retrospective analysis, we discuss aspects that describe the pet-owner relationship, including attachment and the role played by the pet in the owner's life (e.g., emotional support, the pet being seen as a family member). Most of the participants felt that their pet's loss caused great pain; some considered that even if they had suffered greatly, the death of their pet was not felt more intensely and severely than the death of any other family member or a friend.
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Keywords: emotional support; human emotions; human-animal bond; pet loss

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Philosophy and Social and Human Sciences, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania 2: Department of Social Work, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Publication date: September 1, 2014

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