Animal Cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour, and Aggression: More by Eleonora Gullone (auth.)

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According to Hensley and Tallichet (2005), cruelty motivated by the desire to control animals could be considered a form of displaced aggression. Moreover, the finding of multiple motivations is consistent with conceptualizations of human aggression, as will be discussed in the subsequent chapter. , hostile affect versus agitated affect; whether the primary or ultimate goal is to cause harm to the victim versus an instrumental goal of deriving a profit or reward), thereby acknowledging its multidimensional nature.

Anderson and Bushman (2002) also note that since World War II, across all industrialized countries, homicide rates have increased. Proposed causes of increased violence include access to guns, global warming, violence against children at home and at school, as well as widespread exposure to violent entertainment media. 16 Conceptualizations of Antisocial Behaviour 17 From behaviours to individuals As a consequence of increasing crime rates, there has been a marked shift in the focus of theoretical and research attention to better understanding the development of chronically antisocial individuals (Hartup, 2005).

2006). During this time, major changes occur in the level and pattern of antisocial behaviour such that more intense aggressive acts, including acts likely to cause serious injury and even death, become more frequent. Another change is that during adolescence, compared to earlier periods, peer groups in schools are more likely to engage in collective violence. During these years, peer groups tend to comprise individuals of similar levels of aggression and antisocial tendencies. Also, during adolescence, more organized gangs emerge.

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