11.1 Wellness

There is a tendency for people to moralize statistical deviance, to assume that those who are different are morally wrong or dysfunctional. It serves a number of protective functions for people, including preserving self-esteem and maintaining a positive self-image in...

11.2 Psychological Conditions

In conjunction with wellness, we sought to test whether presumptions about the furry fandom as maladjusted or dysfunctional were supported or refuted by the data. Across several studies, furries were shown to be no more likely than non-furries to experience anxiety in...

11.3 Disability in the Fandom

While the data suggest that furries are no more likely to experience significant dysfunction🐾 or reduced well-being🐾 compared to non-furry populations, we were nevertheless interested in the issue of disability within the furry fandom—how those with...

11.4 Post-Convention Depression

A number of furries colloquially made reference to a condition referred to as “post-con depression” (PCD)—a feeling of malaise and lowered mood in the days following a furry convention. While PCD was assumed to be a fact among furries, we aimed to test whether the...

11.5 Helping in the Furry Fandom

Because many furries have, in interviews, focus groups, and on surveys, described the fandom as a source of social support and assistance🐾 we conducted a study aimed at testing the nature of this support. In particular, we asked furries about the extent to...