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Table 1 Teachers’ and students’ social distance toward pets, leaders and best students modified by attributes specific for pets-leader vs. pets-rejected

From: The teacher’s pet phenomenon 25 years on

Social distance Attributes specific for
Pets-leadera Pets-rejecteda Pets-leaderb Pets-rejectedb Pets-leaderc Pets-rejectedc
M SD M SD t M SD M SD t M SD M SD t
From teacher 2.250 1.918 1.825 1.512 2.350* 1.976 1.480 1.837 1.555 1.474 1.909 1.364 1.847 1.576 .576
From other classmates 5.338 2.128 5.565 2.128 .943 4.926 1.856 5.676 2.040 6.111** 5.063 1.760 5.063 1.760 4.057**
  1. * p < .05
  2. ** p < .01
  3. aAttributes distinguished on the basis of an analysis of the content of the definition of the teacher’s pet phenomenon term (Item B1)
  4. bAttributes distinguished on the basis of an analysis of characteristics attributed to the teacher’s pet (Item B3)
  5. cAttributes distinguished on the basis of an analysis of characteristics attributed to theteacher’s pet in contrast to the leader and best student (Item B5)