Assessing the Human-Animal Bond : a Compendium of Actual Measures by David C. AndersonPurdue University Press, 2007. 

ISBN-10: 1-55753-424-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-55753-424-8

$US 39.95

eBook, released 2014
ISBN-10: 1612494021
ISBN-13: 9781612494029

$US 19.99
..  The study of the impact of companion animals on humans has evolved from a hobby of pet owners to an appreciation of the human-animal bond as a recognized concept. The "bond" is now even an area worthy of scientific study in institutions of higher learning all over the world. The bond is a topic of study in a variety of academic disciplines, including psychology, nursing, geriatrics, child development, social work, and animal behavior. There is ever developing evidence that the bond between people and their companion animals contributes to improving human health.

    From the very beginning researchers have struggled with how to assess the nature of the bond, for without that understanding, appreciation of the complexity of the interaction would not be possible. Scholars in a variety of disciplines have developed and validated a number of measures to assess the bond. Many researchers spent much time tracking down the published measures they may use as they plan their own studies. 

    David Anderson has put the major recognized instruments measuring the bond in one place, He has included, as available, the appropriate citations and notes on validation of each instrument, which is required for the serious researcher.

    All researchers who are interested in studying the human-animal bond will find this book one of the most used books in their library. It is the resource book that everyone said was needed, and now is available.
             --from the foreword by Alan M. Beck, Director, Center for the Human-Animal Bond, Purdue University


    This book is great in that it provides the actual survey tools used to assess the human-animal bond, as well as references where to find the tools that were used. Wonderful that this information can be found at your fingertips!
            --from a review on

    To Obtain a Copy.

    It is available from Purdue University Press in a softcover. Beginning in 2014 it is also available as a eBook in PDF format. Order it direct from Purdue University Press.  
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.    Copyright Releases.

    The copyright releases for each measure in this book are listed with each measure. If a reader wishes to re-publish a measure, they should contact the copyright holders of that measure.

    Known Errors (Errata).    

    Pet Attitude Scale--Modified, PAS-M (Templer et al., 1981; Munsell et al., 2004)
         Page 100: Item 15 should be reverse scored..
        The first sentence in the first paragraph should read: "Reverse-score items 4, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, and 17 (e.g., if the subject uses 7, change it to 1; if the subject uses 6 change it to 2, etc.) and total them."

        With thanks to Philip Marshall. This was verified from the original aricle published on Donald Templer's now defunct website on February 16, 2011. Within six months from September ​2011, Purdue University Press included this change in the text,.so that  printings of the book made after that include the correction. 

    Updating Assessing the Human-Animal Bond.

    David Anderson has continued to maintain an unsystematic update to the book as he discovered measures not included in the original book. Email him at for a copy of the updates: one of additions to measures included in the book, another of measures not included in the book.

     Hit the back button to the home page and find the AHAB Bibliographic Blog of notes on measures not included in the book.of bibliographic notes on measures not included in the book. 

     Work on a new edition of Assessing the Human-Animal Bond was begun in May 2019. Contact the team working on it at 

    See also the article by Cindy Wilson and Ellen Netting, "The status of instrument development in the human-animal interaction field." Anthrozoos. 2012 Aug; 25 Supplement. S11-S55.
    Abstract: An overview of available instruments that assess characteristics of human-animal interactions is provided, followed by a matrix of 140 tools, what they measure, information on structure and properties original published sources, and a citation, when available, to another study in which the tool was also used Using Anderson's (2007) book Assessing the Human-Animal Bond: A Compendium of Actual Measures, as a baseline, we systematically searched seven electronic databases. Suggested steps for future instrument development and research include greater accessibility through manualizing, carefully naming, providing design and conceptual rationales, providing scores from several populations, including validity and reliability data, and taking long-term responsibility for further refinement of instruments.
​   Correspondence may be delivered to Wilson, Department of Family Medicine, Civilian, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda MD 20814-4799 USA;