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Animal Abuse Proclivity: Behavioral, Personality and Regulatory Factors Associated with Varying Levels of Severity

Parfitt, Charlotte Hannah, Alleyne, Emma (2018) Animal Abuse Proclivity: Behavioral, Personality and Regulatory Factors Associated with Varying Levels of Severity. Psychology, Crime and Law, 24 (5). pp. 538-557. ISSN 1068-316X. E-ISSN 1477-2744. (doi:10.1080/1068316X.2017.1332193) (KAR id:61766)

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Abstract

To date, research into adult-perpetrated animal abuse has consisted of studies using forensic and psychiatric samples. Given that animal abuse goes largely unreported, it is unclear whether the findings from the current literature are generalizable to unapprehended, undetected abusers in the community. However, the emergence of proclivity methodologies fill this gap by examining the relationships between animal abuse propensity and factors such as empathy, attitudes towards animals and antisocial behavior. The current study aimed to extend this literature by examining further individual-level variables (i.e., personality traits) and behavioral factors as correlates of animal abuse proclivity and as a function of varying levels of animal abuse severity (e.g., neglect versus severe violence). 150 participants took part in this correlational study. We found low extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, anger regulation, and illegal behavior to be significant factors related to animal abuse proclivity. We also found low extraversion, anger regulation, and illegal behavior to be significant factors across varying levels of animal abuse severity, but low neuroticism to be a unique factor related to less severe forms of animal abuse proclivity. These findings are further discussed in light of their theoretical and treatment implications.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/1068316X.2017.1332193
Uncontrolled keywords: Animal Abuse, Proclivity, Personality, Illegal Behavior, Anger Regulation
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Emma Alleyne
Date Deposited: 18 May 2017 09:00 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61766 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Alleyne, Emma: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4335-7176
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