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People of Diverse Genders and/or Sexualities and Their Animal Companions: Experiences of Family Violence in a Binational Sample.

By Damien W. Riggs, Nik Taylor, Tania Signal, Heather Fraser, Catherine Donovan

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

A significant body of research in the field of human-animal studies has focused on animals who live alongside humans within the home, with such animals often considered family members. To date, however, this research has focused almost exclusively on the experiences of heterosexual cisgender people, overlooking other diverse genders and/or sexualities. This paper seeks to address this gap by reporting on findings from a study of 503 people living in Australia or the United Kingdom. Specifically, the research sought to explore links between psychological distress, social support, family violence, and views about animal companions. Notable amongst the findings was an interaction between having experienced familial violence and living with an animal companion, and the impact of both on psychological distress and social support. The paper concludes by considering the implications of the findings for better understanding the lives of people of diverse genders and/or sexualities.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2018
Publication Title Journal of Family Issues
Volume 39
Issue 18
Pages 4226-4247
DOI 10.1177/0192513x18811164
URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0192513X18811164
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Family
  3. Gender studies
  4. Homosexuality
  5. open access
  6. peer-reviewed
  7. Pets and companion animals
  8. social support
  9. Violence
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  1. open access
  2. peer-reviewed