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Children's emotional attachment to pets: A reflective workshop

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The University of Edinburgh

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The second in our series of workshops on child/adolescent-animal interactions will provide an overview of the way children describe their relationships with pets, drawing on our qualitative research, and findings from large scale surveys that incorporated our measure of attachment to pets. We will examine both positive and negative emotional attachments that develop with pet animals that can often mirror other relationships in children’s lives or, alternatively, provide a particular kind of relationship that is missing elsewhere. We reflect on the possibility that pet animals are used as outlets for emotional distress.

Our workshops are aimed at professionals involved with child and/or animal welfare (animal welfare education, science education, teaching, social work, social care, police, juvenile justice, health). The workshop format will comprise an introduction to our work, brief summaries of key findings, and focused opportunities to discuss and reflect on personal experience and the practical relevance of the research. It will conclude with a summary of key learning points/implications.

The exact venue will be confirmed nearer the time and everyone who has registered will receive an email.

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