- Hardcover: 329 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 2016 edition (April 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3319300954
- ISBN-13: 978-3319300955
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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Men and Their Dogs: A New Understanding of Man's Best Friend 1st ed. 2016 Edition
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"This volume makes an excellent and essential contribution tothe HAI literature in an area that is understudied, yet critically important inthe field. This work includes research studies and theoretical perspectivesessential for those working with men and boys particularly psychologists orothers working with animal-assisted interventions." A. Matamonasa, Human-AnimalInteraction Bulletin 2017.
From the Back Cover
The healing power of the bond between men and dogs isexplored in this unique book. Three important themes emerge: attachment, loss,and continued bonds with canine companions for males across the life span andfrom various contextual backgrounds. The contributors replace common assumptionswith needed context pertaining to men's emotions and relationships, startingwith the impact of gender norms on attachment, and including robust data on howcanine companionship may counter Western culture socialization. The chapters engagereaders with details pertaining to ways in which dogs help men develop stable,caring relationships, process feelings, and cope with stress - within a varietyof 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 thebond in males' lives, referred to as a "continuing bond." From these various vantage points, therapeutic insights and relevant findings bringa 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 richclinical understanding of this timeless bond, and should be of special interestto health psychologists, clinical psychologists, academicians, social workers, nurses,counselors, life coaches and dog lovers.