Attitudes to farm animal welfare: Factor structure and personality correlates in farmers and agriculture students

Elizabeth J. Austin*, Ian J. Deary, Gareth Edwards-Jones, Dale Arey

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    Abstract

    Although the there is considerable public interest in farm animal welfare, relatively little work has been done on the welfare attitudes of farmers. We describe the development of a welfare attitude scale, the EFAWS. The factor structure and correlates of this scale were examined in Scottish pig and sheep farmers, and in agriculture students. The EFAWS was found to have a hierarchical structure, with two superordinate dimensions corresponding to welfare and business orientations being present in both groups. Five narrower facets were extracted for farmers and six for students, with the two factor structures being similar. Factor scores were found to be correlated significantly with personality traits, knowledge about welfare, and farm welfare scores in interpretable ways.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)107-120
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Individual Differences
    Volume26
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPrint publication - 1 Sept 2005

    Keywords

    • Animal welfare
    • Attitudes
    • Factor analysis
    • Farmers
    • Personality

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