Aggression against cats, dogs and people

  title={Aggression against cats, dogs and people},
  author={Alan R Felthous},
  journal={Child Psychiatry and Human Development},
  • A. Felthous
  • Published 1980
  • Psychology
  • Child Psychiatry and Human Development
In order to investigate the nature of animal cruelty in childhood two groups of male psychiatric patients were compared: an Animal Cruelty Group and an Assaultive Group. Most in both groups showed other signs of aggression dyscontrol in childhood. Most in both groups were subjected to parental brutality. Emotional or physical unavailability of a father figure may be a common etiologic factor in childhood cruelty to animals. This may compare with the absense of a father figure noted by several… 

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