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Validating indicators of subjective animal welfare

Browning, Heather ORCID: 0000-0003-1554-7052 (2023) Validating indicators of subjective animal welfare. Philosophy of Science, 90 (5). 1255 - 1264. ISSN 0031-8248

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Measurement of subjective animal welfare creates a special problem in validating the measurement indicators used. Validation is required to ensure indicators are measuring the intended target state, and not some other object. While indicators can usually be validated by looking for correlation between target and indicator under controlled manipulations, this is not possible when the target state is not directly accessible. In this article, I outline a four-step approach using the concept of robustness that can help with validating indicators of subjective animal welfare.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 14 May 2024 14:33
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 18:33

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