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In their 2005 study, Hensley and Tallichet examined demographic and situational influences on motivations to abuse animals. Their sample comprised 261 inmates from both medium- and maximum-security prisons. Their results revealed that anger was a motivation reported by nearly half of the sample. Nearly one-third of the sample reported that they were cruel to animals for fun. The researchers argued that both motivations are emotional responses on opposite ends of one continuum. Inmates who were cruel to animals when alone were more likely to commit the acts out of anger.

Green, Gestern, Greenwald, & Salcedo, 2008; Herrenkhohl, Maguin, Hill, Abbott, & Catalano, 2000). Generally, there is a more positive developmental trajectory for adolescent-onset antisocial behaviour. In the developmental psychopathology approach that they have taken in their review of antisocial behaviour, Frick and Viding (2009) have highlighted the clearly identifiable subgroups of antisocial youth. The differences in course and correlates are particularly marked between the child-onset and adolescent-onset groups.

24 Animal Cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour and Aggression Chapter summary The adverse consequences of antisocial behaviours to individuals, communities, and society as a whole are highlighted in this chapter. One important research outcome is the consistent finding that antisocial behaviours are stable over time, from childhood through to adulthood. Increased crime rates and homicides over the past 40 years have been documented in industrialized societies. Of note, whilst chronically violent individuals constitute a relatively small group in society, they are responsible for more than half of all crimes.

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