Canine-assisted intervention reduces anxiety and stress in higher education students: a randomized controlled trial

Manville, Karen, Coulson, Mark and Reynolds, Gemma ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2893-6380 (2022) Canine-assisted intervention reduces anxiety and stress in higher education students: a randomized controlled trial. Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies . ISSN 1063-1119 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1163/15685306-bja10101)

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore benefits of interacting with a canine on anxiety, stress, depression, and wellbeing in Higher Education (HE) students. Sixty participants took part in a randomized controlled trial. Assigned to either the canine-assisted intervention (CAI) or control group, the CAI group interacted with a canine whereas the control group watched an unrelated slideshow. Anxiety, depression, stress, and wellbeing measures were completed pre- and post-intervention and demonstrated there was a significant decrease in anxiety and stress in the CAI group. Due to group differences pre-intervention, findings for depression measures were uninterpretable and there was no significant effect found for general wellbeing. Overall, this study uses a CAI and control group and explores the use of a singular, brief CAI session in HE students demonstrating CAI to be an effective means of supporting mental health by decreasing levels of anxiety and stress in the treatment group.

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Keywords (uncontrolled): animal-assisted-activities; canine-assisted-interaction; HE students; mental health
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 35511
Notes on copyright: This author's accepted manuscript version is made available as permitted by the publisher's Article Sharing Policy https://brill.com/page/selfarchiving/sharing-your-work-selfarchiving
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Depositing User: Gemma Reynolds
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2022 16:35
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 15:03
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/35511

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