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2. Experimental Section
2.1. Items from Survey
- Involvement in the selection of the pet: Were you involved, in any manner, in the selection process of the pet that you received as a gift? Response options were: Yes, you were involved; No, you were not involved but you wish you were involved; Or, no, the pet was a surprise and that was okay.
- Attachment to pet: Did receiving a pet as a gift increase, decrease or have no impact on your love or attachment to the pet? Response options were: increased my love or attachment to the pet; decreased my love or attachment to the pet; did not make any difference.
- Duration of ownership: Is that pet still with you? Response options were: Yes; No, he or she passed away; Or, no, the pet has another home.
2.2. Data Analysis
3. Results and Discussion
|Impact on self-perceived love or attachment|
|Increased||Decreased||No Difference||Total *|
|n (row %)||n (row %)||n (row %)|
|Levels of Involvement in pet selection||Surprised, but it was ok||72(59.5)||5(4.1)||44(36.4)||121|
|Surprised, wish involved||11(64.7)||0(0.0)||6(35.3)||17|
|Pet still in the home|
|Yes||No, died||No, rehomed||Total *|
|n (row %)||n (row %)||n (row %)|
|Levels of Involvement in pet selection||Surprised, but it was ok||92(76.7)||13(10.8)||15(12.5)||120|
|Surprised, wish involved||13(76.5)||3(17.7)||1(5.9)||17|
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