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Developing a scale to understand willingness to sacrifice personal safety for companion animals: The Pet-Owner Risk Propensity Scale (PORPS)

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posted on 10.05.2018, 00:00 by J Trigg, Bradley SmithBradley Smith, P Bennett, Kirrilly ThompsonKirrilly Thompson
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd Multiple factors motivate people to risk their safety for companion animals during disasters. Often, this entails people re-entering dangerous areas, delaying evacuation, and risking personal harm to protect animals. Importantly, the intensity of this behaviour varies between individuals, with the capacity to take risk-mitigating actions also limited by self-efficacy when managing companion animals under threatening conditions. As these two factors have received little attention, this study presents the construction, through principal components analysis, of a stable 24-item multidimensional scale measuring the potential intensity and perceived efficacy of pet-directed actions during disasters: the Pet-Owner Risk Propensity Scale. The initial 64-item pool derived from first-person bushfire accounts of Australian companion-animal owners. Items were then administered to Australian companion-animal owners living in disaster-susceptible locations (n=553). Preliminary findings support its validity, reliability, and utility in understanding companion-animal owners’ risk-taking propensity, which may help predict and avoid harmful outcomes for people and their animals during disasters, both in Australia and elsewhere.

History

Volume

21

Start Page

205

End Page

212

Number of Pages

8

ISSN

2212-4209

Publisher

Elsevier

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

05/12/2016

External Author Affiliations

La Trobe

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction