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

(Rew 2000).

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


Peer-Reviewed Article: