cqu_2877+SOURCE3+SOURCE3.2.pdf (57.48 kB)
Download file

Attitude to animals and empathy : comparing animal protection and general community samples

Download (57.48 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Tania SignalTania Signal, Nicola TaylorNicola Taylor
Although a number of studies have examined a range of demographic and personality variables that may impact upon attitudes towards the treatment of non-human species little consensus has been reached within the literature. The aim of the current study was to evaluate and assess levels of human-directed empathy and attitudes towards the treatment of animals in two diverse populations, namely the general community (n=543) and those within the animal protection field (n=389). Both groups of participants completed the Attitude towards the Treatment of Animals Scale (AAS) and the Davis Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI), a measure of human-directed empathy. Comparisons between the two samples indicated that those within the animal protection community scored more highly on both the animal attitude and human-directed empathy measures. Correlational analyses revealed a positive relation between AAS and IRI scores for both samples whilst the strength of the correlation was greater for those within the animal protection sample. These findings are discussed.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

20

Issue

2

Start Page

125

End Page

130

Number of Pages

6

ISSN

0892-7936

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Berg Publishers

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Social Science Research;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Anthrozoos : a multidisciplinary journal of the interactions of people and animals.