The Miller-Rada Commitment to Pets Scale
Authors: Staats, Sara; Miller, Deborah; Carnot, Mary Jo; Rada, Kelly; Turnes, Jennifer
Source: Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 1 June 1996, vol. 9, no. 2-1, pp. 88-94(7)
Abstract:Commitment to pets is introduced and defined. Commitment to pets overlaps the construct of attachment to pets but adds to our developing understanding of the human-animal bond. Commitment is operationalized as a resolve to keep a pet in spite of challenges that require expenditures of personal resources. The Miller-Rada Commitment to Pets Scale measures commitment, has high internal consistency, demonstrates construct validity, and correlates with attachment (r=.44). The Miller-Rada Commitment to Pets Scale requires further research and may have potential for educating prospective pet owners as well as further elucidating the pet/human relationship.
Document Type: Research Article