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Childhood cruelty to animals: do mothers' and fathers' reports agree?

By XiaoYan Xu, D. Mellor, J. Wong

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This study investigates, for the first time, the concordance between mothers' and fathers' reports of cruelty to animals by their child. Seven hundred parental dyads recruited through schools in Chengdu, China, completed the Chinese version of the Children's Attitudes and Behaviors towards Animals scale. Mothers and fathers of boys reported more cruel behaviors towards animals on the part of their child than did mothers and fathers of girls. The correlations between mothers' and fathers' reports were significant, but moderate, but parents of boys' reports were more consistent than those of parents of girls. No gender-of-parent by gender-of-child effect was found, and fathers of boys reported significantly higher levels of total cruelty than did the boys' mothers. More studies are needed to assess childhood cruelty to animals in China, and to further examine the inter-parent agreement.

Date 2011
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 24
Issue 3
Pages 263-271
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
Language English
Author Address Sichuan Normal University, Sichuan,
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  1. Anthrozoology
  2. APEC countries
  3. Asia
  4. Attitudes
  5. Boy
  6. Children
  7. China
  8. Developed countries
  9. Girls
  10. Mammals
  11. mothers
  12. parents
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. Primates
  15. Public Services
  16. Research
  17. Schools
  18. Social psychology and social anthropology
  19. Studies
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