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Children's beliefs about animal minds (Child-BAM): associations with positive and negative child-animal interactions

By R. D. Hawkins, J. M. Williams

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Children and animals can have a great impact on each other's lives, yet little is known about the underpinnings of these relationships. Children's interactions with animals may be influenced by their belief in animal minds, that animals are sentient and experience thoughts and feelings. This study introduces a newly developed measure of children's beliefs about animal minds (Child-BAM) and investigates associations between it and factors relating to positive and negative interactions with animals. Using a questionnaire-based survey of over 1,000 6- to 13-year-olds in the UK, the results show that Child-BAM was associated with higher attachment to pets (p

Publication Title Anthrozoƶs
Volume 29
Issue 3
Pages 503-519
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
DOI 10.1080/08927936.2016.1189749
Language English
Author Address Clinical and Health Psychology, The University of Edinburgh Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AQ, Scotland,
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animals
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Anthrozoology
  5. Attitudes
  6. Behavioral research
  7. British Isles
  8. Children
  9. Commonwealth of Nations
  10. Developed countries
  11. Education
  12. Emotions
  13. Europe
  14. Extension
  15. Health care
  16. Human behavior
  17. Humans
  18. Hygiene
  19. Interactions
  20. Mammals
  21. Men
  22. OECD countries
  23. Pets and companion animals
  24. Primates
  25. Psychiatry and psychology
  26. Relationships
  27. Research
  28. social anthropology
  29. Social psychology and social anthropology
  30. surveys
  31. training
  32. United Kingdom
  33. vertebrates
  34. Veterinary sciences
  35. Zoology