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Archetyping relationships with companion animals to understand disaster risk-taking propensity

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posted on 14.05.2018, 00:00 by J Trigg, Kirrilly Thompson, Bradley Smith, P Bennett
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group Pets factor into the daily decision-making of many people. Importantly, various characteristics of these human–animal relationships are known to strongly influence pet owners’ risk behaviour and, consequently, their animals’ welfare during disasters. Yet, few studies have examined a range of such characteristics concurrently in order to describe risk propensity differences in these relationships. In this study, 437 Australian companion-animal (pet) owners reported human–animal relational, personality and attitudinal characteristics, to examine differences in stated tendency to act to secure their pet’s welfare whilst risking potential harm in a hypothetical disaster dilemma. Cluster analysis identified five archetypal profiles differing in relational, personality, attitude and risk-propensity characteristics, as well as in stated willingness to risk personal safety for the well-being of a pet. Results suggest that relational archetypes are an effective means of examining pet–owner risk propensity, to better understand owners’ risk-taking to protect their animals from harm during a disaster.

History

Start Page

1

End Page

22

Number of Pages

22

eISSN

1466-4461

ISSN

1366-9877

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

31/10/2017

External Author Affiliations

La Trobe

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Risk Research

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