Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2019

Publication Title

Death Studies

Pages

1-11

Publisher Name

Taylor and Francis

Publisher Location

United Kingdom

Abstract

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.

Identifier

10.1080/07481187.2018.1519610

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Author Posting © The Authors, 2019. This is the author's version of the work. The definitive version was published in Death Studies, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2018.1519610

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