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Taking it Out on the Dog: Psychological and Behavioral Correlates of Animal Abuse Proclivity

Parfitt, C., Alleyne, Emma (2016) Taking it Out on the Dog: Psychological and Behavioral Correlates of Animal Abuse Proclivity. Society & Animals, 24 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1063-1119. E-ISSN 1568-5306. (doi:10.1163/15685306-12341387) (KAR id:51904)

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There is a lack of research examining the criminogenic factors related to animal abuse perpetrated by adults, despite the high prevalence of this type of offending. This paper presents a correlational study examining the factors related to two types of animal abuse proclivity. We found that childhood animal abuse, empathetic concern, and a proneness for human-directed aggression were significant correlates of direct forms of animal abuse (i.e., the animal was perceived to be the provocateur). We also found that childhood animal abuse, personal distress (i.e., anxiety from interpersonal interactions), and empathetic concern were significant correlates of indirect forms of animal abuse (i.e., a person was the perceived provocateur, the animal an alternative outlet for aggression). These findings highlight targets for prevention and intervention programs and the importance of distinguishing between different forms of and motivations for animal abuse.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/15685306-12341387
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Emma Alleyne
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2015 18:11 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 11:07 UTC
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