Men and Their Dogs

A New Understanding of Man's Best Friend

Editors: Blazina, Christopher, Kogan, Lori R. (Eds.)

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  • First academic book to examine important relationship with man's best friend
  • Highlights empirical basis for how bond enhances men's psychological state
  • A contextual research approach pairing masculinity with other key variables
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About this book

The healing power of the bond between men and dogs is explored in this unique book. Three important themes emerge: attachment, loss, and continued bonds with canine companions for males across the life span and from various contextual backgrounds. The contributors replace common assumptions with needed context pertaining to men’s emotions and relationships, starting with the impact of gender norms on attachment, and including robust data on how canine companionship may counter Western culture socialization. The chapters engage readers with details pertaining to ways in which dogs help men develop stable, caring relationships, process feelings, and cope with stress – within a variety of environments including home, school and treatment programs for veterans, prisoners, and youth. The book also address men’s loss of companion animals, and the need for building new ways of sustaining the memory and meaning of the bond in males’ lives, referred to as a “continuing bond.” From these various vantage points, therapeutic insights and relevant findings bring a new depth of understanding to this compelling topic.

 Included in the coverage:

  • Masculine gender role conflict theory, research, and practice: implications for understanding the human-animal bond in males’ lives.
  • At-risk youth and at-risk dogs helping one another.

An examination of human-animal interaction as an outlet for healthy masculinity in prison.

  • Exploring how the human-animal bond affects men’s relational capacity to make and sustain meaningful attachment bonds with both human and animal companions .<
  • Older adults and companion animals: physical and psychological benefits of the bond.
  • Continuing the bonds with animal companions: implications for men grieving the loss of a dog.  

Probing the deeper concepts behind “man’s best friend,” Men and Their Dogs provides a rich clinical understanding of this timeless bond, and should be of special interest to health psychologists, clinical psychologists, academicians, social workers, nurses, counselors, life coaches and dog lovers.

About the authors

Dr. Chris Blazina is a psychologist and professor of psychology at Tennessee State University. Dr. Blazina has a specialty in the field of men’s psychology. He is a member on national and international editorial and advisory boards for journals and book publishers interested in men’s issues. This includes previously serving on APA’s Division 51 journal The Psychology of Men and Masculinity. He is authored/edited three books about men. His fourth book, “The Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond: A Resource for Clinicians and Researchers” uncovers the important and complex roles of animal companions as seen through a contextual lens. In his latest work, Dog Tracks, Dr. Blazina places the meaning of the bond in the context of men’s lives, revealing new dimensions of the relationship with man’s best friend. Dr. Lori Kogan is licensed psychologist and associate professor of clinical sciences for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. She is the editor of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, an open-access, online publication supported by Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She is also the founder/director of Pets Forever, a non-profit program and service learning course designed to help low income elderly and disabled pet owners. In addition, Dr. Kogan has years of experience providing individual and couples counseling to veterinary students, faculty and staff. She has published numerous journal articles, co-authored book chapters, and given invited presentations on topics related to human animal interactions in both psychology and veterinary medicine venues. She is currently engaged in several research projects pertaining to the intersection of the human animal bond and veterinary medicine.

Reviews

“In Men and Their Dogs, psychologists Chris Blazina, Lori Kogan, and other authors provide a set of intriguing chapters that examine, scientifically, how and why dogs might, can, and do help us, focusing on the benefits for men of having a relationship with a dog. … Men and Their Dogs will become the ‘go to’ book for researchers interested in scientific approaches to assessing the therapeutic usefulness of interactions between dogs and their men.” (Robert W. Mitchell, Anthrozoös, Vol. 30 (1), 2017)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • An Introduction to Men and Their Dogs: A New Understanding of “Man’s Best Friend”

    Pages 1-10

    Blazina, Chris (et al.)

  • Gender Role Conflict Theory, Research, and Practice: Implications for Understanding the Human–Animal Bond

    Pages 11-45

    O’Neil, James M. (et al.)

  • A New Understanding of Man’s Best Friend: A Proposed Contextual Model for the Exploration of Human–Animal Interaction Among Insecurely Attached Males

    Pages 47-71

    Blazina, Chris (et al.)

  • Street-Involved Youth and Their Animal Companions—Stigma and Survival

    Pages 73-96

    Lem, Michelle

  • A Boy’s Best Friend: Using Human–Animal Interaction with At-Risk Teen Boys

    Pages 97-112

    Thomas, Jessica

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eBook 51,16 €
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Hardcover 77,99 €
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Softcover 62,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Men and Their Dogs
Book Subtitle
A New Understanding of Man's Best Friend
Editors
  • Christopher Blazina
  • Lori R. Kogan
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-30097-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-30097-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-30095-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-66485-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 329
Number of Illustrations
11 illustrations in colour
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