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Behaviors indicative of attachment with pets scale: an adaptation of the attachment during stress scale for companion animals

By M. Vanegas-Farfano, M. T. Gonzalez-Ramirez

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This article introduces a Spanish-language assessment tool for the evaluation of behaviors that are indicative of attachment to aid research into human-animal interaction. The psychometric properties of the adapted scale to simultaneously quantify the attachment are presented. A confirmatory factor analysis and a convergent analysis with the Mexican version of the Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale were performed using a sample of 397 human-animal dyads (21.4% cats and 78.6% dogs). A second study with an international sample (n=107; 32.7% cats and 67.3% dogs) was performed to evaluate the English-language version of the scale. The findings provided evidence for the scale's and subscales' reliability and validity, with better values in the subscale associated with the human's behavior. The differences between human-human interaction and human-animal interaction in a modified version of the Ainsworth's Strange Situation Test are presented. Implications for future research using this model, in which the reciprocal behavioral process within dyads (human-domestic animal) may be assessed, are discussed.

Publication Title Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research
Volume 15
Pages 12-19
ISBN/ISSN 1558-7878
DOI 10.1016/j.jveb.2016.08.003
Language English
Author Address Facultad de Psicologia, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, UANL, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.minerva.vanegas@gmail.com
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  • Vanegas-Farfano, M.; Gonzalez-Ramirez, M. T. (2017), "Behaviors indicative of attachment with pets scale: an adaptation of the attachment during stress scale for companion animals," http://habricentral.org/resources/59409.

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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animals
  3. APEC countries
  4. Behavioral research
  5. Canidae
  6. Canine
  7. Carnivores
  8. Cats
  9. Countries
  10. Dogs
  11. Evaluation
  12. Latin America
  13. Mammals
  14. Mexico
  15. North America
  16. OECD countries
  17. Pets and companion animals
  18. properties
  19. Threshold Countries
  20. United States of America
  21. vertebrates
  22. Zoology