Childhood Cruelty to Animals: Do Mothers' and Fathers' Reports Agree?
Authors: Xu, Xiaoyan; Mellor, David; Wong, Jessica
Source: Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals, 1 September 2011, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 263-271(9)
Abstract: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.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2011