Feb 13, 2013

Dr. Sherman Lee’s Research Findings Published

(Newport News, Va.) - CNU Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Sherman Lee's research paper titled "Neuroticism and Religious Coping Uniquely Predict Distress Severity Among Bereaved Pet Owners" has been published in Anthrozoös, a multidisciplinary journal of the interactions of people and animals, published on behalf of the International Society for Anthrozoology.

Most Americans own pets, and many treat them like family members. Unfortunately, due to these animals' short life spans, many people will experience pet loss. Although there are a number of popular books on pet loss, there has been relatively little scientific work on the topic. The paper's purpose was to fill one void in the literature by examining the role of religion and personality on the grief of bereaved pet owners. The paper reports the findings of an online survey of 510 adults who were grieving the loss of a pet through death. Results reveal that personality and religion have a significant impact on the emotional well-being of bereaved pet owners in unique and powerful ways.

A psychologist, Lee's areas of research include human emotions, personality, death anxiety and grief – with a focus on feelings toward animals in the contexts of pet loss and animal suffering. He teaches seminars on the psychology of the human-animal bond and the psychology of death and dying. His co-author on the paper is Dr. Nicole Surething of the University of Mary Washington.

“Neuroticism and Religious Coping Uniquely Predict Distress Severity Among Bereaved Pet Owners” (2013 / volume 26 / pp. 61-76) can be found at bergpublishers.com. Website subscription is required. You may view the abstract here.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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