Development and validation of a psychometric tool for assessing impulsivity in the domestic dog (Canis familiaris)

Wright, Hannah and Mills, Daniel and Pollux, Petra (2011) Development and validation of a psychometric tool for assessing impulsivity in the domestic dog (Canis familiaris). International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 24 (2). pp. 210-225. ISSN 0889-3667

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Abstract

Impulsivity is a trait that has received much attention in humans, but in dogs impulsivity is illdefined,and previous studies have tended to focus on aggression, rather than its more pervasive effect on behavior. The objective of this study was to develop a valid psychometric assessment tool
of impulsivity in dogs. An owner report questionnaire was constructed using items generated by a survey of experts. Five hundred and seventy one dog owners returned the questionnaire and data were subjected to principal components analysis, revealing a three-factor structure: Factor 1: Behavioral Regulation, Factor 2: Aggression & Response to Novelty, and Factor 3: Responsiveness. The
resulting Dog Impulsivity Assessment Scale comprised of 18 items demonstrated evidence of reliability and validity.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:impulsivity, domestic dog, assessment, psychometric tool
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:4471
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:11 May 2011 11:41
Last Modified:30 Sep 2013 11:37

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