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The Effect of Pet Ownership on the Perception of Stress after reading a Flooding Scenario

Zorc, E.Z. (2019) The Effect of Pet Ownership on the Perception of Stress after reading a Flooding Scenario.

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Abstract:Pet ownership influences individuals in several different ways. This study investigates the influence of pet ownership on the perception of stress of the pet owner after reading a flooding scenario with a negative outcome. A total of 150 individuals voluntarily participated in the quantitative questionnaire study. At the beginning of the questionnaire the participants were either presented with a scenario with a negative outcome or no scenario. Next to the Perceived Stress Scale the participants answered some demographic questions, as well as questions concerning their pet ownership background and pet attachment. Three independent t-test were performed to investigate the difference between the perception of stress of pet owners and non-pet owners, the difference between the perception of stress after reading a scenario with a negative outcome and a control group with no scenario, and the difference between the perception of stress of pet owners and non-pet owners. The results showed that pet ownership does not influence the perception of stress after reading a scenario with a negative outcome. The negative scenario does not increase the perception of stress of the participants, the control group showed a higher level of perception of stress. Moreover, is the perceived stress of pet owners higher after reading the negative scenario than the perceived stress of the non-pet owners. Further research could select a more realistic scenario based on the environmental risks and implement another variable to check if the scenario has the desired effect.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78279
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