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Attachment and personality traits of cat owners and dog owners


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Dujmović, Marija. (2017). Attachment and personality traits of cat owners and dog owners. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Vukasović, Tena].

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Our well-being in part depends on the relationships that are established with others throughout our life. One of these relationships is the one with a pet, especially a dog or a cat, but studies related to this topic in Croatia are still a novelty and subject of interest for only a small number of authors. On the other hand, existing stereotypes about dog and cat people are often shown by the media and continue to be a topic discussed in everyday life. Previous studies in the field of psychology have not yet provided unambiguous and undeviating proof about the course and nature of differences between cat and dog owners in terms of commitment to animals or personality traits, which indicates need for further research. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between attachment, Five-factor model personality traits and pet ownership. A total of 1426 people (25.8% cat owners and 74.2% dog owners) participated in an online survey in which they completed Adapted Lexington Commitment to Pet Scale, BFI questionnaire, provided their basic demographic information and self-identified as a owner of a dog/s or cat/s. Results suggest that dog owners are more attached to their pets, score higher on extroversion, conscientiousness and agreeableness and score lower on neuroticism compared to cat owners. Such difference was not found regarding the openness trait. The focus of future research should be on exploring other personality traits and people who own animals other than cats and dogs.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attachment, personality, Five-factor model, dog owner, cat owner
Subjects: Psychology > Psihologija ličnosti
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Vukasović, Tena
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2017 13:47
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2017 13:47

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