Animal Cruelty / Edition 176

Animal Cruelty / Edition 176

by Linda Merz-Perez, Kathleen M. Heide
     
 

Practitioners in the animal welfare field, law enforcement circles, and social services arena have often maintained that childhood cruelty to animals is a forerunner to violence against people. Does this behavior serve as a red flag with respect to extremely violent offenders, such as serial killers? Merz-Perez and Heide provide the first scientific examination of

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Practitioners in the animal welfare field, law enforcement circles, and social services arena have often maintained that childhood cruelty to animals is a forerunner to violence against people. Does this behavior serve as a red flag with respect to extremely violent offenders, such as serial killers? Merz-Perez and Heide provide the first scientific examination of this relationship and examine issues of cruelty across different types of animals (pet, wild, stray, farm). The authors evaluate the correlations between childhood cruelty and adult violent behavior, utilizing interviews and criminal records of violent and nonviolent inmates in a maximum security prison. Their findings will be of importance to a diverse audience, including researchers and practitioners in the field of juvenile justice, violence and domestic abuse, social welfare, animal welfare and animal rights and developmental psychologists and counselors, as well as law enforcement officers, district attorneys and judges, county and municipal officials, animal control officers, veterinarians, and school administrators, especially those concerned with intervention and prevention strategies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759103047
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

1 FOREWORD 2 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 3 Part I: ANIMAL CRUELTY: THE CURRENT STATE Current State of Knowledge 4 Chapter 1: Animal Cruelty Encapsulated 5 Chapter 2: A Review of the Related Literature 6 Chapter 3: Three Theories of Offenders 7 PART II: ANIMAL CRUELTY AND SUBSEQUENT HUMAN VIOLENCE: AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION 8 Chapter 4: Method and Study Design 9 Chapter 5: Findings 10 PART III: UNDERSTANDING THOSE WHO HURT ANIMALS: IN-DEPTH PORTRAITS 11 Chapter 6: Case Studies of Three Theories of Violent Offenders 12 Chapter 7: Non-Violent Offenders Investigated 13 PART IV: A BLUEPRINT TO END SENSELESS PAIN AND DESTRUCTION 14 Chapter 8: Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations 15 AFTERWORD 16 References 17 Index 18 About the Authors

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