The Impact Of Pets On Decisions About Disasters

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 11:01 in Psychology & Sociology

If you have a pet, chances are you think of it as a member of your family; you probably provide attention and care for it in a manner not unlike the way in which you might devote yourself to a child. This sort of human-animal relationship has become increasingly common over the last several decades, particularly in the West. Researchers from the Texas Woman's University and Jacksonville State University have recently reported on how these human-animal relationships can influence decision making during disaster events, potentially leading pet owners to put themselves at risk in order to stay close to their animals. read more

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