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Objective To explore the characteristics of pet attachment and its relevant factors among
undergraduates. Methods 547 undergraduate pet owners were selected by stratified random sampling
from 7 universities in Guangzhou City. They were investigated with Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale
(LAPS), College Students Interpersonal Comprehensive Diagnostic Scale (ICDSCS), Revised UCLA
Loneliness Scale-Version 3 (UCLALS), Simplified Coping Style Questionnaire (SCSQ) and a self-edited
questionnaire on the general personal information. Results ⑴ The total score of LAPS, ICDSCS and
UCLALS, as well as score of coping style disposition were (41.71±10.05), (9.12±5.62), (44.51±7.87) and
(-.22±1.50), respectively. ⑵ 20.9% of undergraduates were moderate to severe pet attachment. ⑶ Multiple
stepwise linear regression analysis showed that the total score of LAPS was positively correlated with 7
factors such as total score of UCLALS and ICDSCS, school category, how many pets have you kept, origin,
gender and monthly family income (β=.119 to .668, all P < 0.05), while the reasons for keeping pets and
coping style disposition were negatively correlated with the total score of LAPS (β=-.537 and -.621, P <
0.05). Conclusion College students' pet attachment is a common behavioral problem, which is closely
related to such factors as family rearing, community cultural atmosphere, school education and the personality
of the undergraduates.
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