Human–Other Animal Bond
- Christina Risley-CurtissChristina Risley-CurtissSchool of Social Work; Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics; Fellow, Institute for Human-Animal Connection/University of Denver; co-director of Child Welfare Training Project, Arizona State University
A growing body of research attests to the negative and positive relationships that humans have with other animals. Operating from the profession's ecological perspective, which requires one to look at people in social and natural environments, social work researchers, educators, and practitioners must join other disciplines in incorporating human–other animal relationships into their work. This entry presents information on three specific areas that will help maximize the profession's ability to help clients: other animals as family, animal abuse, and the positive impact of relationships with animals.