The assessment of the attachement style in a human – canine relationship. The structure and psychometric properties of the Polish version of the Pet Attachment Questionnaire (PAQ) Cover Image
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Pomiar stylu przywiązania w relacji człowiek–pies. Struktura i własności psychometryczne polskiej wersji Pet Attachment Questionnaire (PAQ)
The assessment of the attachement style in a human – canine relationship. The structure and psychometric properties of the Polish version of the Pet Attachment Questionnaire (PAQ)

Author(s): Olga Cholewa, Kamilla Bargiel-Matusiewicz, Bogdan Zawadzki
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Psychology, Social psychology and group interaction, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Behaviorism
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar Sp. z o.o.
Keywords: Dog; attachment style; adaptation; avoidance; anxiety

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the article is to present the Polish version of the Pet Attachment Questionnaire and its psychometric properties. The tool is used to measure both the strength and quality of attachment of the owner to the animal. Authors of the original version indicate that the strength of the attachment to a dog is often considered without any theoretical background. On the other hand, the quality of the relationship is reflected in the attachment style, mainly through two dimensions: anxiety and avoidance, taken from Bowlby’s theory. The Polish version was created for dog owners. The study was attended by 119 dog owners. The results confirmed the two-factor structure of the tool and high reliability. The questionnaire was shortened to 24 items to achieve better psychometric properties. It has been shown that the results of both subscales are significant predictors of owners’behavior towards their dogs and that the anxious attachment is positively related to the intensity of depressive symptoms.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 36
  • Page Range: 33-49
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish