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International Scientific Indexing (ISI) Indexed Journal Applied Medical Research ISSN: 2149 - 2018
Applied Medical Research. 2023; 10(1):(139-159)

Analyzing the Psychology Behind Animal Abuse and Tendencies of Human Criminality

Nastassia Lini and Satesh Bidaisee

The correlation between being exposed to or partaking in animal abuse at a young age and growing up to direct those traumas and tendencies towards people has been a major topic of multiple psychologic and criminal studies. There has been increasing importance in understanding how different variations of familial violence play a role in a child’s ability to compartmentalize emotion, considering the influence that animals may have in this growth and development. A great deal of current evidence shows that animal abuse is not solely a result of a child’s character, but more of a symptomatic effect caused by systemic emotional trauma from unstable familial dynamics. There is also clear evidence that serial killers, domestic abusers and other individuals reported to have drastic violent tendencies towards others, typically showed a habit of abusing animals, or being exposed to animal abuse as children. This narrative review is completed in order to assess this correlation and determine if there could be ways of preventing children from maturing into adulthood and misdirecting their juvenile traumas towards other adults through acts of violence.