skip navigation


Abstract Database

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

To download this abstract, check the box next to the NCJ number then click the "Back To Search Results" link. Then, click the "Download" button on the Search Results page. Also see the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 211586 Find in a Library
Title: Animal Abuse Among Preadolescents Directly and Indirectly Victimized at School and at Home
Journal: Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health  Volume:15  Issue:2  Dated:2005  Pages:97-110
Author(s): Anna C. Baldry
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 14
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study of a community sample of Italian preadolescents examined the frequency of their self-reported animal abuse, the frequency of their abuse in their family and at school, links between their own abuse and animal abuse and/or bullying peers, and gender differences in these findings.
Abstract: Participants were 268 girls and 264 boys from 5 elementary and middle schools in Rome, Italy; the average age of the sample was 11.8 years. The self-report questionnaire solicited information on respondents having abused animals and bullied peers as well as their own experiences of being abused at home and at school (direct and witnessed). Two in five of the children reported abusing animals at least once, and one in three acknowledged bullying peers at school; there was a higher incidence of these behaviors among boys. Just over 75 percent of the children reported experiencing at least one type of abuse; one-third had witnessed violence between their parents; just over one-third had been directly abused by one or both parents; and two in five had been directly or indirectly victimized at school. There were no significant gender differences in the children's abuse in their homes; but in terms of direct victimization at school, boys reported a higher prevalence rate than girls. Children, whether boys or girls, who witnessed violence between parents or others harming animals were three times as likely to have abused animals themselves compared with peers who had not witnessed such abuse. Overall, the other adverse experiences measured were twice as likely to be associated with animal abuse by the children, with some gender differences found. Findings suggest that animal abuse by children should prompt investigation into the child's own victimization. 4 tables and 30 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Bullying; Child abuse; Child abuse as delinquency factor; Cruelty to animals
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.