The Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond

A Resource for Clinicians and Researchers

Editors: Blazina, Christopher, Boyraz, Güler, Shen-Miller, David (Eds.)

  • Extends current literature by utilizing a thematic approach based on a larger contextual conceptualization of various influences shaping the human-animal bond
  • Includes perspectives from beyond the scope of psychology and mental health such as anthropology, philosophy, literature, religion, and history
  • Assembles an international roster of scholars and clinicians
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The Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond

A Resource for Clinicians and Researchers

Chris Blazina, Guler Boyraz, and David N. Shen-Miller

Since the domestication of dogs and cats thousands of years ago, the connection between humans and animals has been complex and evolving.Today, it is a significant area of psychological study, and of practice in areas as diverse as animal-assisted therapy and pet bereavement counseling. The Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond offers a contextual framework for understanding the dynamics of this elemental relationship, both in the larger society and on the client level. An international panel of scholars and clinicians from across psychology (as well as from philosophy, literature, and other disciplines outside mental health)explores topics that will help professionals deepen their understanding of the human-animal relationship, translate this insight to practice, and consider questions of identity, attachment, and ethics.

In topics ranging from the universal (health benefits of pet ownership) to the timely (the exploitation of fighting dogs), the reader gains perspective on the numerous factors that influence the bond between humans and animals, and the ways in which the bond reflects our own challenges as humans. Key areas of coverage include:

  • Cultural and contextual issues.
  • Psychological aspects of attachment and well-being.
  • Bereavement, loss, and disenfranchised grief.
  • Animal rights, abuse, and neglect.
  • Tests, measurements, current research issues,and future directions.

The Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond fills a unique and vital niche, and will be of great interest and practical use to psychologists, clinical social workers, and rehabilitation professionals such as physical and occupational therapists.

About the authors

Christopher Blazina, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, researcher, and professor of psychology. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of North Texas. He has been a faculty member at the University of Houston and Tennessee State University, training graduate students to become counselors and psychologists. Currently, he is a professor of psychology at Tennessee State University. The author of more than thirty articles and three books, Dr. Blazina has presented his recent research on the human-animal bond at conferences that include the American Psychological Association. David S. Shen-Miller, Ph.D. received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon. He is an assistant professor at Tennessee State University in the counseling psychology program and also engages in individual, couples, and group counseling and psychological testing. He has authored peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and more than 30 regional, national, and international presentations. He is a co-editor with Dr. Chris Blazina on the upcoming book An International Psychology of Men: Theoretical Advances, Case Studies, and Clinical Innovations, scheduled to be published by Routledge Press in 2010.Guler Boyraz, Ph.D. received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Memphis. She is an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Tennessee State University. Her research focuses on attachment and loss, psychological resilience in the face of adverse life events, and gender roles and relationships across different cultures. In addition to the research awards she received during her doctoral training, she was awarded the Burl Gilliland Award for an outstanding doctoral student for two years in a row. She has published journal and newsletter articles, technical reports, and more than 25 peer-reviewed presentations.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Introduction: Using Context to Inform Clinical Practice and Research

    Blazina, Christopher (et al.)

    Pages 3-24

  • British Animal Behaviour Studies in the Twentieth Century: Some Interdisciplinary Perspectives

    Wilson, David A. H.

    Pages 25-44

  • The History of Animal Ethics in Western Culture

    Preece, Rod

    Pages 45-61

  • The Human–Animal Experience in Deep Historical Perspective

    Braje, Todd J.

    Pages 63-80

  • Predator–Prey Relationships: What Humans Can Learn from Horses about Being Whole

    Skeen, Judy

    Pages 81-106

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond
Book Subtitle
A Resource for Clinicians and Researchers
Editors
  • Christopher Blazina
  • Güler Boyraz
  • David Shen-Miller
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-9761-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-9761-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-9760-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6196-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 421
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