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August 1979

Familial Anthropophobia in Pointer Dogs?

Author Affiliations

From the College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, and the Veterans Administration Consolidated Little Rock Hospital, North Little Rock Division.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1979;36(9):988-993. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1979.01780090074008

• This article assesses a dog model in terms of a proposed cross-species definition of phobia, the model referring to a strain of unstable dogs that has been produced by selection and inbreeding. The unstable dogs are contrasted with a strain of stable dogs. New findings are presented on approach and activity behavior toward three stimulus objects (man, another dog, and a sheet-covered chair) in a naturalistic setting. The fear response of unstable dogs to objects other than man habituates gradually, whereas the fear response to the sight of man is far more enduring, suggesting a relatively specific fear of man.

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