The Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond

A Resource for Clinicians and Researchers

  • Christopher Blazina
  • Güler Boyraz
  • David Shen-Miller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Contextual and Cultural Issues

  3. Psychological Issues of Attachment and Well-being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Nancy A. Pachana, Bronwyn M. Massavelli, Sofia Robleda-Gomez
      Pages 151-165
    3. Judith M. Siegel
      Pages 167-177
  4. Bereavement, Loss, and Disenfranchised Grief

  5. Animal Rights, Abuse, and Neglect

  6. Tests, Measurements, and Current Research Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Donald I. Templer, Hiroko Arikawa
      Pages 335-359
    3. Güler Boyraz, Michael E. Bricker
      Pages 383-401
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 403-421

About this book


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.


Animal behavior Animal ethics Animal interventions Animal rights Animal-assisted therapy Attachment and loss Canine companions Human-animal bond Human-animal relationship Pet Attitude Scale Pet abandonment Pet companions Pets

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher Blazina
    • 1
  • Güler Boyraz
    • 2
  • David Shen-Miller
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTennessee State UniversityNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyTennessee State UniversityNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyTennessee State UniversityNashvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-9760-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9761-6
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