Measurement of Cruelty in Children: The Cruelty to Animals Inventory

Dadds, Mark R., Whiting, Clare, Bunn, Paul, Fraser, Jennifer A., Charlson, Juliana H., & Pinola-Merlo, Andrew (2004) Measurement of Cruelty in Children: The Cruelty to Animals Inventory. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 32(3), pp. 321-334.

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Cruelty to animals may be a particularly pernicious aspect of problematic child development. Progress in understanding the development of the problem is limited due to the complex nature of cruelty as a construct, and limitations with current assessment measures. The Children and Animals Inventory (CAI) was developed as a brief self- and parent-report measure of F. R. Ascione''s (1993) 9 parameters of cruelty. The CAI emerged as a reliable, stable, and readily utilized measure of cruelty using parent and child reports. Children (especially the older children) reported higher rates of cruelty than their parents and boys reported more cruelty than girls. Self- and parent-reports showed good convergence with independent observations of cruelty versus nurturance during free interactions with domestic animals. The results indicate that cruelty to animals can be reliably measured using brief child and parent report measures.

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ID Code: 3829
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: cruelty to animals, measurement, child psychopathology, aggression
DOI: 10.1023/B:JACP.0000026145.69556.d9
ISSN: 0091-0627
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy) (110319)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:30

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