SoFI seminar series

15 February 2017
Public event:
4.00PM - 6.00PM
Booking required:
CL1.01 Clarendon Building
Contact information

Name: Catherine Nesbitt / Barbara Cox
T: 01642 342300

Speaker Malcolm Plant, Founder of the Making the Link Study programme.

Chair Professor Paul van Schaik

Animal abuse and its psychological implications for citizens and society

Animal cruelty has been identified as one of the earliest indicators of what are referred to as externalizing disorders, including conduct disorder and a predictor of the development of aggression along a more severe trajectory. Therefore, striving for its early identification should be of significant priority, as this would provide a potentially most effective opportunity for engaging preventative strategies.

The Making the Link Study programme has been the first conducted in Eastern Europe in regions where animal abuse is endemic. In these societies animal abuse is socially acceptable, as opposed to western cultures. The study, conducted in urban and rural Romania and in Germany, introduces a new dimension to the link between animal abuse and inter-human aggression from individuals and families ‘at risk’ to a national dimension with societies ‘at risk’.

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