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Title: Children and young people harming animals: intervention through PSHE?
Authors: Piper, Heather
Johnson, Mike
Myers, Steve
Pritchard, Joan
Citation: Research papers in education, 2003, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 197-213
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: Jun-2003
DOI: 10.1080/0267152032000081931
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Abstract: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) commissioned a project to explore issues around children harming animals. More than 1000 young people and 100 adults engaged with the research, which initially focussed on the way children and young people themselves make sense of harm towards animals, and then extended into a range of other areas. A critical evaluation of the literature informed a research design that included: questionnaires distributed to schools producing 841 returns from individual pupils; interviews with 10 young people; 28 group interviews involving a total of 270 young people; and individual interviews with many involved professionals. In addition, retrospective data was gathered from 25 adults regarding their early experiences of harming animals and on 276 children from a center working with young children with behavioral problems, some of whom had harmed animals. Issues arising from this pilot study include the suggestion that children and young people harming animals is more widespread than generally accepted. The majority of all those contacted thought that future intervention should focus primarily on 'education', and the many teachers involved proposed Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship as the appropriate forum. This paper offers a brief summary of the main elements of the research process and outlines some of the emerging issues. A full account appears in the unpublished research report, (Piper et al. 2001). It is hoped this paper may stimulate further research, especially in the UK.
Type: Article
Language: en
Description: This metadata relates to an electronic version of an article published in Research papers in education, 2003, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 197-213. Research papers in education is available online at informaworldTM at
Keywords: Animal welfare
Children & animals
ISSN: 0267-1522
EISSN: 1470-1146
Appears in Collections: ESRI Research Group: Difference and Diversity
Faculty of Education

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