Self-Disclosure with Dogs

 
The purpose of this survey is to assess your tendency to reveal certain thoughts, feelings and emotions to two different individuals; your long term human partner/ spouse versus your dog.

We are looking for people who are currently married, in a civil-partnership or are in a stable, long-term relationship and own at least one dog.
Both your human relationship and dog-ownership should have lasted at least six months.
If you have owned more than one dog for more than six months, then please consider the dog you are closest to, for the purposes of the survey.
Please do not complete the survey more than once.

All responses are anonymised. The information you provide will only be used by the researchers involved in the present study and will not be passed on to a third party.

If you are willing to retake the survey in 8 weeks for reliability purposes please provide your email address in the space provided so that we can invite to complete the survey again. If you would prefer not to then leave the space blank.

INSTRUCTIONS: Below are 40 items concerned with the types of feelings and emotions that people may experience at one time or another in their life. This survey is concerned with the extent to which you are willing to confide in your long-term human partner or your dog about these feelings. The order in which you respond (ie: human partner first/ dog first) is entirely up to you, but we do ask that you follow the order in which the questions are asked.

You should indicate how willing you are to disclose each specific event using the following scale to indicate which letter (A, B, C, D, OR E) corresponds to your response:

(A) I AM NOT AT ALL WILLING TO CONFIDE IN ___ ABOUT THIS TOPIC:
(B) I AM SLIGHTLY WILLING TO CONFIDE IN ___ ABOUT THIS TOPIC:
(C) I AM MODERATELY WILLING TO CONFIDE IN ___ ABOUT THIS TOPIC:
(D) I AM ALMOST TOTALLY WILLING CONFIDE IN ___ ABOUT THIS TOPIC:
(E) I AM TOTALLY WILLING TO CONFIDE IN ___ ABOUT THIS TOPIC:

Thank you for your participation in this survey.
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I am over 18 years of age. I have read and understood the nature of this study and am giving my voluntary consent to take part.
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