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The Attachment of People to Companion Animals

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This article examines whether the human-companion animal relation, and in particular attachment, can be explained and understood with the help of attachment theory and the “internal working model.” The (perceived) social support and responsivity of the human-animal bond and how these relate to the attachment theory are also discussed.

The research, however, found only weak relationships between owning a companion animal and attachment. Other factors that could influence the attachment of owners toward their animals are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279395787156446

Publication date: June 1, 1995

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