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ERIC Number: EJ819289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Childhood and Adolescent Animal Cruelty Methods and Their Possible Link to Adult Violent Crimes
Hensley, Christopher; Tallichet, Suzanne E.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v24 n1 p147-158 2009
Few researchers have investigated the potentially predictive power of childhood and adolescent animal cruelty methods as they are associated with subsequent interpersonal violence in adulthood. Based on a sample of 261 inmates at medium- and maximum-security prisons in a southern state, the present study examines the relationship between several retrospectively reported animal cruelty methods (drowned, hit or kicked, shot, choked, burned, and had sex) and violent criminal acts committed against humans (assault, rape, and murder). More than half of the sample reported they had shot animals, and almost half had either kicked or hit them. About one in five said they had choked animals, and about one in seven said they had either drowned, burned, or had sex with them. Regression analyses revealed that drowning and having sex with an animal was predictive of later interpersonal violence as adults. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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