Psychological and behavioral predictors of taking pet companions when traveling

Kuang-peng Hung1, Annie Huiling Chen1, Norman Peng2
1Ming Chuan University, Taiwan
2University of Westminster, United Kingdom
Cite this article:  Hung, K.-p., Chen, A. H., & Peng, N. (2011). Psychological and behavioral predictors of taking pet companions when traveling. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 39(6), 721-724.

Volume 39 Issue 6 | e2161 | Published: July 2011 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2011.39.6.721

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Although the importance of animal companions for their owners has been investigated (Aylesworth, Chapman, & Dobscha, 1999), and it has been established that pets are becoming increasingly important and that owners are spending more and more on them (Ridgway, Kukar-Kinney, Monroe, & Chamberlin, 2008), the question remains of whether it is more likely that animal companions change their owner’s lifestyle or vice versa. Using the theory of planned behavior (TPB; Ajzen, 1991); characteristics of self-monitoring, and scales assessing the owner-pet relationship, in this investigation we shed new light on how and why owners decide whether or not to take their pets with them when traveling for leisure purposes.

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