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Psychometric properties of the Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale: Mexican version (LAPS-M)

By M. T. Gonzalez Ramirez, L. del C. Quezada Berumen, R. Landero Hernandez

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The Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale (LAPS) is perhaps the most widely used instrument to assess human emotional attachments to pets and is suitable for both dog and cat owners. However, this instrument has not been translated into Spanish. Thus, the present study aimed to assess the psychometric properties of the Mexican version of the Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale (LAPS-M), which was translated into Spanish and adapted for dog owners. We analyzed the internal consistency and factor structure in a convenience sample of 152 people; 56.6% were women and 43.4% were men, with a mean age of 32.4 years ( SD=10.9 years), who had, on average, two dogs for a period of 3.8 years. The results indicate that the scale has excellent internal consistency in its complete version, with a Cronbach's alpha of 0.96, and also in its three subscales, with Cronbach's alpha coefficients ranging from 0.83 to 0.94. Factor analysis suggests a unifactorial structure is appropriate. However, the goodness-of-fit indicated by confirmatory factor analysis statistics would likely improve with a larger sample size. When we compared the central tendency measures of the LAPS-M according to the type of relationship with the dog, we found higher scores among people who considered dogs to be family members than among those who considered dogs to be pets. Furthermore, people who reported that the relationship with their dog was burdensome or stressful had lower scores. We conclude that the Mexican version of the LAPS is adequate and that further studies with larger sample sizes will contribute to the evidence regarding its psychometric properties.

Date 2014
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 27
Issue 3
Pages 351-359
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.2752/175303714x13903827487926
Language English
Author Address Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, UANL, Fac. de Psicologia, Av. Universidad S/N Ciudad Universitaria San Nicolas de los Garza Nuevo Leon, C.P. 66451, Mexico.monyzz77@yahoo.com monica.gonzalezrz@uanl.edu.mx
Additional Language English
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