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An evaluative review of theories: related to animal cruelty

By E. Gullone

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The two dominant theories relating to animal cruelty are critically reviewed. These are the violence graduation hypothesis and the deviance generalization hypothesis. The outcomes indicate very high consistency with the broader antisocial behavior and aggression literature, which is large and very robust. This strongly supports the validity of the animal cruelty theory proposals. Proposals that animal cruelty is one of the earliest indicators of externalizing disorders and that it is a marker of development along a more severe trajectory of antisocial and aggressive behaviors are supported. The implications of these conclusions are discussed.

Publication Title Journal of Animal Ethics
Volume 4
Issue 1
Pages 37-57
ISBN/ISSN 2156-5414
DOI 10.5406/janimalethics.4.1.0037
Language English
Author Address Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
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  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Aggression
  3. Aggressive behavior
  4. Animals
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Antisocial behavior
  7. Behavioral disorders
  8. Domestic animals
  9. Humans
  10. Livestock
  11. Mammals
  12. Men
  13. pathogens
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. Pets and companion animals
  16. Primates
  17. Psychiatry and psychology
  18. Reviews
  19. Social psychology and social anthropology
  20. Theories
  21. vertebrates
  22. Wild animals
  1. peer-reviewed