Pet Attachment and Its Relevant Factors among Undergraduates

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Yongmei HOU
Wanhui HUANG
Yongxin LIANG


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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HOU, Y., HUANG, W., & LIANG, Y. (2021). Pet Attachment and Its Relevant Factors among Undergraduates. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 8(7), 92–102.