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A domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) model of triarchic psychopathy factors: Development and initial validation of the CAT-Tri+ questionnaire

Evans, R, Lyons, M, Brewer, G and Bethell, E (2021) A domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) model of triarchic psychopathy factors: Development and initial validation of the CAT-Tri+ questionnaire. Journal of Research in Personality, 95. pp. 1-10. ISSN 0092-6566

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We operationalised the triarchic model of psychopathy (boldness, meanness, and disinhibition) in domestic cats using a cat triarchic (CAT-Tri) questionnaire. In study 1 (n = 549), we identified candidate items for CAT-Tri scales using thematically analysed cat owner questionnaire responses. In study 2 (n = 1463), owners completed a questionnaire battery; the preliminary CAT-Tri questionnaire, Feline Five, and Cat-Owner Relationship Subscales. In study 3 (n = 30), associations between feline daily activity and Cat-Tri scales were investigated. A five-factor cat triarchic plus (CAT-Tri+) solution emerged: boldness, disinhibition, meanness, pet-unfriendliness, and human-unfriendliness. Disinhibition and pet-unfriendliness predicted a higher quality cat-owner relationship; meanness and boldness predicted a lower quality relationship. Findings provide insight into the structure of triarchic psychopathy in cats.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: BEHAVIOR; Cat; Cat-owner relationship; CHIMPANZEE; COGNITION; Companion animal; CONCEPTUALIZATION; DARK TRIAD; Feline; Feline five; MACHIAVELLIANISM; NARCISSISM; OWNER; Personality; PERSONALITY; Pet; Psychology; Psychology, Social; Psychopathy; RECOGNITION; Social Sciences; Triarchic model; Social Sciences; Psychology, Social; Psychology; Cat; Feline; Companion animal; Personality; Pet; Psychopathy; Triarchic model; Feline five; Cat-owner relationship; DARK TRIAD; PERSONALITY; BEHAVIOR; OWNER; CONCEPTUALIZATION; MACHIAVELLIANISM; RECOGNITION; NARCISSISM; CHIMPANZEE; COGNITION; 1503 Business and Management; 1701 Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Sciences; Social Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Elsevier
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2024 10:53
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2024 11:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.jrp.2021.104161
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22882
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