Personality Characteristics and Self‐esteem in Pet Owners and Non‐owners

Suzanne B. Johnson, Warren R. Rule
Published Online:
27 Sep 2007
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 26 Issue 2

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Previous research suggests that pet owners are psychologically different than non‐owners in terms of self‐esteem and other personality characteristics. In this study, 82 pet owners and 48 non‐owners were tested on self‐esteem, extraversion, neuroticism, and social self‐esteem. Special emphasis was placed on highly attached pet owners compared with non‐owners. Level of attachment was determined by scores from the CENSHARE pet attachment survey. No significant differences were found between the groups using analysis of variance and multivariate analysis of variance statistical procedures. It was concluded that pet owners and non‐owners may not be different in terms of personality but may have become victims of stereotyping by both the general population and scientific researchers. Discussion was given to related significant findings and recommendations for further research.

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