The development of a screening questionnaire for childhood cruelty to animals

Guymer, Elise C., Mellor, David, Luk, Ernest S. L. and Pearse, Vicky 2001, The development of a screening questionnaire for childhood cruelty to animals, Journal of child psychology and psychiatry and allied disciplines, vol. 42, no. 8, pp. 1057-1063.

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Title The development of a screening questionnaire for childhood cruelty to animals
Author(s) Guymer, Elise C.
Mellor, David
Luk, Ernest S. L.
Pearse, Vicky
Journal name Journal of child psychology and psychiatry and allied disciplines
Volume number 42
Issue number 8
Start page 1057
End page 1063
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0021-9630
Keyword(s) cruelty to animals
conduct disorder
screening
Summary Childhood cruelty to animals may be a marker of poor prognosis amongst conduct disordered children. However, other than semistructured interviews with parents or children, there are no screening instruments for this behavior. The aim of this study was to develop such an instrument. In the first phase of the study, a parent-report questionnaire, Children's Attitudes and Behaviors Towards Animals (CABTA) was designed and piloted on 360 elementary school children, enabling community norms and a factor structure for the instrument to be derived. In the second phase, the questionnaire was completed by the parents of a small sample of children (N= 17) to establish its test-retest reliability. In the third phase of the study, the CABTA was completed by the parents of 19 children who had been diagnosed with either a Disruptive Behavioral Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and the results were compared with the outcome of a semistructured interview with parents regarding their child's behavior toward animals. The results of the various phases of the study indicated that the CABTA consists of two factors, Typical and Malicious Cruelty to animals, and is a reliable and valid tool for detecting childhood cruelty to animals. Possible use and adaptations of the CABTA as a screening instrument in clinical and community samples are discussed.
Notes Published Online: 8 Oct 2003
Language eng
Field of Research 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2001, Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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