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Empathy and attitudes to animals

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Nicola Taylor, Tania Signal
There is increasing support for the idea that human attitudes to animals may be indicative of human-human empathy. This has implications for the treatment of empathy deficits and related anti-social behaviors. The purpose of the present study was to explicitly investigate links between human-human empathy and attitudes to animals. The Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) and Animal Attitude Scale (AAS) were administered to 194 undergraduate Sociology and Psychology students. A significant correlation between empathy levels, gender, companion animal ownership and attitudes to animals was found. Implications of these findings are discussed.

Funding

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

History

Volume

18

Issue

1

Start Page

18

End Page

27

Number of Pages

10

ISSN

0892-7936

Location

California

Publisher

International Society for Anthrozoology

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

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

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