Miller, C. (2001). Childhood animal cruelty and interpersonal violence. Clinical Psychology Review, 21(5), 735.
Notes that conduct disorder (CD) affects 2-9% of children in this country and has been found to be relatively stable through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood. It has been suggested that animal cruelty may be exhibited by 25% of CD children and that animal abuse may be the earliest symptom evident in CD children. In addition, several studies have found a significant relationship between childhood cruelty to animals and violence toward people. Available research is reviewed in this report, including early studies on the relationship between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence, recent assessment attempts, and intervention techniques. Future research needs are also outlined and discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved) Author's email address