This study used a retrospective narrative procedure to examine the critical events that influence reactions and adjustment to euthanasia-related work of 35 employees who have stayed in the animal care and welfare field for at least 2 years. Data were collected at the 2002 Animal Care Expo held in Miami, Florida, USA. The study analysed adjustment trajectory graphs and interview notes to identify turning-point events that spurred either a positive or negative change in shelter workers' psychological wellbeing. Analysis of the identified turning-point events revealed 10 common event themes that have implications for a range of work, personnel and organizational practices. The article discusses implications for shelter, employee and animal welfare.
|Publication Title||Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Author Address||Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA.firstname.lastname@example.org|
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