Childhood cruelty to animals : a tri-national study

Mellor, David, Yeow, James, Hapdizal, Noor Fizlee Mohd, Yamamoto, Takashu, Yokoyama, Akimitsu and Nobuzane, Yosuke 2009, Childhood cruelty to animals : a tri-national study, Child psychiatry and human development, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 527-541.

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Title Childhood cruelty to animals : a tri-national study
Author(s) Mellor, David
Yeow, James
Hapdizal, Noor Fizlee Mohd
Yamamoto, Takashu
Yokoyama, Akimitsu
Nobuzane, Yosuke
Journal name Child psychiatry and human development
Volume number 40
Issue number 4
Start page 527
End page 541
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-12
ISSN 0009-398X
1573-3327
Keyword(s) childhood
cruelty to animals
Australia
Japan
Malaysia
Summary 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 that older children in those countries. The findings are discussed in relation to previous research, and recommendations for future studies are suggested.
Notes Published online: 16 May 2009
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020632

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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