Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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The purpose of the current research was to investigate the relationship between abused adolescents and their pets as reported on the Child-Pet Relationship Questionnaire. Specifically, the differences in the human-animal and human-human relationships among abused adolescents and non-abused ("normal") adolescents were investigated. Additionally, for both types of relationships, differences among owners of abused and non-abused pets were analyzed. Subjects consisted of 47 identified victims of maltreatment and 55 "normal" teenagers. All subjects were 13 to 17 years of age and currently owned a pet. Results show that abused adolescents differed significantly from non-abused adolescents in both child-pet and human-human relationships. Non-abused owners of non-abused pets reported a weaker child-pet bond and stronger human-human bond than either of two abused owner groups; however, the abused owner groups did not significantly differ from each other in either type of relationship.
Abuse; Adolescents; Pets; Relationship
Clinical psychology; Developmental psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Williams, Simone G, "The relationship between abused adolescents and their pets" (1993). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 314.