The Pet Relationship Scale: Replication of Psychometric Properties in Random Samples and Association with Attitudes Toward Wild Animals

Authors: Kafer, Rudy; Lago, Dan; Wamboldt, Patricia; Harrington, Fred

Source: Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 1 June 1992, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 93-105(13)

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Abstract:

Recent interest in the human-companion animal bond (HCAB) has been reflected in increased efforts to develop self-report attitudinal scales about affectionate relationships with pet Animals. A recent review and critique of pet attitude assessments indicated that most scale development efforts used small nonrandom samples, did not report psychometric characteristics, and paid inadequate attention to concurrent validation of the resulting measures. This article reports on the continued refinement and validation of the Pet Relationship Scales (PRS) in a large random sample independent from the two samples used to develop the scales. The random sample showed distinct differences in responses as compared with the two previously used samples, highlighting the need to test animal attitudes in samples drawn from the general population, and to examine them in greater detail in relation to other personal and situational factors that might mediate the influence of attitudes on behavior directed toward animals.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279392787011476

Publication date: June 1, 1992

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