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Employee reactions and adjustment to euthanasia-related work: identifying turning-point events through retrospective narratives

By C. L. Reeve, C. Spitzmuller, S. G. Rogelberg, A. Walker, L. Schultz, O. Clark

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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
Volume 7
Issue 1
Pages 1-25
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/s15327604jaws0701_1
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA.creeve@psych.purdue.edu
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  1. Animal rights
  2. Animals
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Attitudes
  5. Canidae
  6. Canine
  7. Carnivores
  8. Cats
  9. Developed countries
  10. Dogs
  11. Employees
  12. Euthanasia
  13. Florida
  14. Mammals
  15. North America
  16. OECD countries
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. personnel
  19. Pets and companion animals
  20. Psychiatry and psychology
  21. psychological well-being
  22. Social psychology and social anthropology
  23. staff
  24. United States of America
  25. vertebrates
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