McVie, S., (2007), 'Animal Abuse amongst Young People aged 13 to 17: Trends, Trajectories and Links with Other Offending', Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The aims of this report are four-fold:
- To examine the prevalence and frequency of animal abuse during adolescence and compare this with involvement in other forms of both violent and nonviolent delinquent behaviours;
- To investigate a broad range of characteristics amongst those who get involved in animal abuse, other violent behaviour, non-violent offending and nonoffenders;
- To identify how offending trajectories of abuse against animals develop over time and compare this to trajectories of interpersonal violence;
- And to isolate those characteristics that best explain different animal abuse offending trajectories.