Pet dogs as attachment figures

@article{Kurdek2008PetDA,
  title={Pet dogs as attachment figures},
  author={L. A. Kurdek},
  journal={Journal of Social and Personal Relationships},
  year={2008},
  volume={25},
  pages={247 - 266}
}
  • L. A. Kurdek
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
Four samples of college students (N = 923) were used to address the extent to which pet dogs, relative to humans, exhibited features of an attachment figure and to identify characteristics of persons with strong attachments to their pet dogs. Dogs exhibited the feature of proximity maintenance as well as fathers and siblings did, and secure basis and proximity maintenance were their most salient features. Differences in the closeness of relationships with dogs versus humans were minimal for… Expand
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