Journal article

Social Identification With Animals: Unpacking Our Psychological Connection With Other Animals

Catherine E Amiot, Ksenia Sukhanova, Brock Bastian

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology | AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2020


Our relations with other animals are ubiquitous in human life, yet the psychological structure of our connection with animals is just beginning to receive empirical attention. Drawing on theories of social identification and intergroup relations, we investigate the various ways that people identify with animals. Across 7 studies, we introduce the Identification with Animals Measure (IWAM) and uncover 3 dimensions by which humans identify with animals as a group: solidarity with animals, animal pride, and human-animal similarity. First, we establish the reliability, factorial structure, and predictive validity of the 3-factor IWAM. Next, we find that these factors predict a distinct set of at..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to Catherine E. Amiot and Brock Bastian and from a Junior 2 fellowship from the Fund for Research on Health - Quebec (FRQS) to Catherine E. Amiot. The authors would like to thank Jacques Forget for his conceptual advice, as well as Elsie and Georges Amiot-Skerlj for their energy and enthusiasm regarding this research topic.