Peer-Reviewed Article Summary: Homeless Teenagers VS Homeless Animals
by alexebelec on April 6, 2016 - 4:15pm
In the United States, there are about 2 million of homelessness teenagers. They usually
are homeless because they are escaping their parents, or neglect and abuse…Teenagers that
live on the streets usually have much higher risk of suicide, and disturbing behaviours. These
teenagers are going through the same lonely times than any ordinary homeless person (Rew
2000). 32 homeless teenagers between the ages of 16 to 23 years old participated in a scientific
It resulted that the adolescents that live on the streets present homelessness as a huge
lonely journey with their pets. In fact, 13 of them said that their animals were the thing they
loved the most, because they provide them the unconditional love they are missing in their lives.
The study concluded that animals had a therapeutic impact in their owner’s life (Rew 2000).
Loneliness is considered a social and emotional isolation, and it is also the coping
system of the absence of the caring of another person in someone else's life (Rew 2000). A
teenager is not fully developed, so the need of someone caring for him/her is very crucial in their
development. Loneliness also leads to low self-esteem, poor social skills and social isolation
This article links the news summaries I have made in my previous posts. I know this
peer-reviewed article is about teenagers and loneliness and my news summaries are about
animals in animal shelters, but there is still a link between these articles, which is loneliness.
Animals are also confronted to loneliness when they are abandoned or practically
homeless. They also suffer from the absence of a caregiver, that provides them their love and
everything an animal needs in order to be healthy.
Homeless animals that are shelters and receive the attention and care they need, and
also the animals that are actually adopted show a lot how they are grateful. Some people say
that animals act like they have been given a second life, another chance to prove that they can
be loved. Likely, homeless animals can easily be compared to the teenagers that confirm
appreciating their pets a lot because they are the only ones to provide them with unconditional