Associations among cruelty to animals, family conflict, and psychopathic traits in childhood.

@article{Dadds2006AssociationsAC,
  title={Associations among cruelty to animals, family conflict, and psychopathic traits in childhood.},
  author={Mark Richard Dadds and Clare Whiting and David John Hawes},
  journal={Journal of interpersonal violence},
  year={2006},
  volume={21 3},
  pages={411-29}
}
Previous research has produced mixed findings on the role of child and family factors in the genesis of childhood cruelty. The authors examined the relationships of cruelty to animals to a range of child and family factors. First, the authors test the idea that cruelty is a callous aggression that will be more strongly associated with psychopathic (callous or unemotional, CU) traits than general externalizing problems. Second, the authors operationalize family problems as open conflict rather… CONTINUE READING

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