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Psychiatric investigation of 18 bereaved pet owners.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of veterinary medical science / the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science
Publication Date
Volume
73
Issue
8
Pages
1083–1087
Identifiers
PMID: 21483181
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This survey explores the grief associated with the loss of a pet, and was carried out using a self-administered questionnaire. The questionnaires were handed out to 50 bereaved pet owners attending a public animal cremation service, and we received 18 responses. Participants responded within 0 to 44 (median 4) days of the death of their pet. Although most mental health problems immediately following mourning are presumed to be normal grief reactions, on the basis of several psychiatric scales, 8 of the 16 valid responses indicated depression and/or neurosis. Statistical analyses showed that the following factors were significantly associated with grief reactions: age of owner, other stressful life events, family size, age of deceased animal, rearing place, and preliminary veterinary consultation.

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