Author : Navya Gugnani 1
Date of Publication :29th March 2021
Abstract: The study has been designed to examine the sex and age related difference in the attachment style towards the pet dogs. For this purpose, 20 dog-owners (10 men& 10 women) between the age group of 18-48 were selected. CENSHARE pet attachment survey (27 statements) and a self designed questionnaire (5 statements) based on the external factors were administered for the assessment of Proximity Maintenance and Safe Haven components (based on Bowlby’s attachment theory. The data was divided into age brackets of 18-28 and 28-48 to determine the differences in attachment between the two age groups. The Mean and standard deviation were calculated for men and women dog owners for both the components, and Cohen’s d was calculated for the comparison. It was hypothesized that there would be a statistical difference in the attachment style of men and women towards their pet dog and, age would play an important role in the differences in the attachment style. Results revealed that women scored higher than men on overall attachment and the two components separately. For the two age brackets, women scored higher in both the components except men showed a higher score in the Proximity Maintenance component.
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