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Losing a pet could trigger mental health issues in children: study

Sep 15, 2020 11:52 IST

The loss of a loved one, whether a fellow human being or a pet, could be quite devastating for anyone. According to a new study by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, this loss could lead to a prolonged sense of grief, eventually triggering mental health issues in children. The emotional attachment with pets results in psychological distress which can be an indicator for depression in adolescents and children. Their research analysed 6,260 children in Bristol and found that psychopathology symptom's after the death of the pet were observed regardless of the child’s socio-economic status or hardships. The study encourages parents to recognise these symptoms and their duration, instead of brushing it under the carpet.

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