Abstract/Details

Adolescent bereavement and pet death: Linkages among bonding, bereavement and gender

Brown, Brenda H.  University of Virginia. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 1993. 9328260.

Abstract (summary)

A young person's bond to a pet can help satisfy a variety of psychological needs--unconditional love, comfort, a transitional object, or an attachment figure. Thus, whenever the pet bond is severed by the death of a pet, bereavement can be severe. The purpose of this study is to investigate the link between pet bonding and bereavement occasioned by pet death among adolescents. Three hypotheses were tested: (a) strength of the adolescent-pet bond will be positively correlated with intensity of bereavement following the death of a pet for both males and females; (b) degree of bonding will be greater for females than males; and (c) intensity of bereavement will be greater for females than males. Subjects were 55 adolescents (27 boys and 28 girls) who had experienced death of a pet within 12 months, but no other major life change event. Participants completed the Revised Texas Inventory of Grief, the Companion Animal Bonding Scale, the Pet Attitude Scale, and a demographic questionnaire. The correlations computed to test the first hypothesis between bonding and bereavement scales were positive and significant (they ranged from.24 to.56) for the combined sample, but the correlations computed for the female sample alone did not attain significance. The data supported the second and third hypotheses. Females scored higher than males on the two bonding scales used in the study (significantly so on the Pet Attitude Scale), and females scored significantly higher on the Revised Texas Inventory of Grief. Anecdotal comments from subjects supported the quantitative results, and recommendations consistent with the findings were made to counselors.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Academic guidance counseling;
Secondary education;
Psychotherapy
Classification
0519: Academic guidance counseling
0533: Secondary education
0622: Psychotherapy
Identifier / keyword
Education; Psychology
Title
Adolescent bereavement and pet death: Linkages among bonding, bereavement and gender
Author
Brown, Brenda H.
Number of pages
89
Degree date
1993
School code
0246
Source
DAI-A 54/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9798641507170
University/institution
University of Virginia
University location
United States -- Virginia
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9328260
ProQuest document ID
304079907
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/304079907