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(p. 74) Building a Knowledge Base for Legal and Social Concerns about Animal Maltreatment 

(p. 74) Building a Knowledge Base for Legal and Social Concerns about Animal Maltreatment
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(p. 74) Building a Knowledge Base for Legal and Social Concerns about Animal Maltreatment
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Thomas Grisso

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199360901.003.0003
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date: 16 December 2017

This chapter describes what the knowledge base for a subfield of animal maltreatment in forensic mental health might look like after it has matured. In doing so, it also offers a guide for the types of research that one might hope will develop across time. The focus is on ways to organize a hypothetical knowledge base for the area of animal maltreatment by offering three broad types of research as a means to classify information and generate questions. The chapter’s second objective is to sketch some of the methodological problems the field has encountered or will encounter in performing research in this area as its knowledge base develops. Most of these problems are not at all unique to this field. Here we consider those problems of research method in the context of animal maltreatment research.

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