New book:Children and Animals: Exploring the Roots of Kindness and Cruelty

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When humans relationships with animals become distorted, they turn into examples of malevolence and cruelty.

New from Purdue University Press

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Teen accused of pet torture. Novato suspect described as budding

young sociopath.

Boy sentenced for disfiguring dog. A 13-year-old boy convicted of

cutting the eyes out of a dog . . .

Nevada spree leaves six animals dead. Four wild horses and two

wild burros have been shot to death . . .

Children and Animals: Exploring the Roots of Kindness and Cruelty

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by Frank R. Ascione

Available November 2004

When humans relationships with animals become distorted, they turn into examples of malevolence and cruelty. The perpetrators of such inhumane treatment are often children and adolescents, but adults sometimes join their ranks. How common are these incidents? What motivates human maltreatment of animals? Are there cultural, societal, neighborhood, and family contexts that contribute to cruelty to animals? How early in a childs life does cruelty to animals emerge and are these incidents always a sign of future interpersonal violence? Are there ways of preventing such cruelty? Can we intervene effectively with children who already have a history of abuse and violence?

Children and Animals: Exploring the Roots of Kindness and Cruelty presents the current scientific

and professional wisdom about the relation between the maltreatment of animals and interpersonal

violence directed toward other human beings. However, the author, Frank R. Ascione, a noted

expert in these areas, writes in a style and presents the findings in language that will be understandable

to parents, teachers, counselors, clergy, animal welfare professionals, foster parents, mental health

New from Purdue University Press

To order, call 1-800-247-6553 or visit our website www.thepress.purdue.edu.

professionals, youth workers, law enforcement professionals, and any one else whose work or interest crosses into the lives of children and adolescents.

Although animal abuse has been an acknowledged problem for centuries, it is only within the past few decades that scientific research has provided evidence that the maltreatment of animals often overlaps with violence toward people. The ways that our young people are affected by bullying or assaults in a schoolyard, child abuse in homes, violence between adult intimate partners, community violence in our streets and neighborhoods, and even the context of war are now the subject of concerted research efforts. And very often, the association of these forms of violence with cruelty to animals has been found. This book presents the considerable research that now exists on this topic—most of it published in scientific journals and periodicals—to the adults whose lives touch those of children and adolescents.

This stunning new workthe crown jewel in a career Frank Ascione has devoted to demonstrating

the importance of understanding animal abuse in a developmental context . . . reveals what

interactions between children and animals tell us about ourselves. Its premise is brilliantly direct:

we have a window of opportunity childhood within which to redirect the production of

sociopaths. The antidote is the development of empathy. And observation and analysis of children’s

interaction with animals is the key to that door . Andrew Vachss

Children and Animals: Exploring the Roots of Kindness and Cruelty

by Frank R. Ascione

ISBN: 1-55753-377-6

TRIM: 6 x 9

PAGES: @ 220 pages

BINDING: Cloth

LIST PRICE: $49.95

Available November 2004

BOOKS OF RELATED INTEREST

CRUELTY TO ANIMALS AND INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE:

READINGS IN RESEARCH AND APPLICATION

ISBN: 1-55753-106-4, Paperback, 464 Pages, $39.95

CHILD ABUSE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND ANIMAL ABUSE:

LINKING THE CIRCLES OF COMPASSION FOR PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION

ISBN: 1-55753-143-9, Paperback, 380 Pages, $39.95

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