Childhood cruelty to animals in China: the relationship with psychological adjustment and family functioning

Wong, J., Mellor, D., Richardson, B. and Xu, X. 2013, Childhood cruelty to animals in China: the relationship with psychological adjustment and family functioning, Child : care, health and development, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 668-675, doi: 10.1111/cch.12001.

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Title Childhood cruelty to animals in China: the relationship with psychological adjustment and family functioning
Author(s) Wong, J.
Mellor, D.ORCID iD for Mellor, D.
Richardson, B.ORCID iD for Richardson, B.
Xu, X.
Journal name Child : care, health and development
Volume number 39
Issue number 5
Start page 668
End page 675
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2013-09
ISSN 0305-1862
Keyword(s) childhood cruelty to animals
psychological adjustment
family functioning
Summary Background
The current study broadened the general scope of research conducted on childhood cruelty to animals by examining the association between psychological adjustment, family functioning and animal cruelty in an Eastern context, China.

The mothers and fathers of 729 children attending primary school in Chengdu, China participated in this study. Each parent completed the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, the Chinese Family Assessment Instrument, and the Children's Attitudes and Behaviours towards Animals questionnaire.


Findings from an actor partner interdependence model demonstrated that parents' ratings of family functioning and of their child's externalizing coping style predicted only modest amounts of variance in animal cruelty. In particular, parents' ratings of their child's externalizing coping style most consistently predicted animal cruelty. Family functioning, fathers' ratings in particular, played a minor role, more so for boys compared with girls.


This study provided the first insight into childhood animal cruelty in China, and suggests that further research may enhance our understanding of these phenomena.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/cch.12001
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
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