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date: 29 November 2022

Human–Other Animal Bondlocked

Human–Other Animal Bondlocked

  • 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.


  • Human Behavior

Updated in this version

Updated to reflect evolving changes in our knowledge and discourse regarding the subject. Citations and references added to reflect an expanded literature; terminology relating to animals altered to reflect more accurate understanding of animals.

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