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ERIC Number: EJ855277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-398X
Childhood Cruelty to Animals: A Tri-National Study
Mellor, David; Yeow, James; Hapidzal, Noor Fizlee Mohd; Yamamoto, Takashi; Yokoyama, Akimitsu; Nobuzane, Yosuke
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, v40 n4 p527-541 Dec 2009
Childhood cruelty to animals is a symptom of conduct disorder that has been linked to the perpetration of violence in later life. Research has identified several factors associated with its etiology, including social factors. However, no cross-cultural studies on this phenomenon have been reported. This study investigated childhood cruelty to animals in Japan, Australia and Malaysia. Parents of 1,358 children between the ages of 5 and 13 years completed the Children's Attitudes and Behaviours towards Animals questionnaire (CABTA) which assesses Typical and Malicious Cruelty to animals. Analyses revealed no overall differences between children from these countries on either scale. However, younger boys were more likely to be cruel than younger girls in each country, and younger children in Australia and Japan were more likely to be cruel than older children in those countries. The findings are discussed in relation to previous research, and recommendations for future studies are suggested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Japan; Malaysia