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Effects of a trained therapy dog in child-centered play therapy on children's biobehavioral measures of anxiety

By Annette L. Athy

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Abstract

This study was concerned with reducing children's anticipatory anxiety when entering mental health services for the first time. The purpose of this study was to determine whether combining two effective modalities, play therapy and animal-assisted therapy, would be effective in decreasing children's biobehavioral measurements of anxiety. Specifically, this study examined the effects of the presence of a trained therapy dog during one individual 30-minute play therapy session.

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Deborah Maron

Date 2005
Degree PhD
Language English
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University University of North Texas
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Anxiety
  3. Children
  4. Gender
  5. Health
  6. Heart rate
  7. Mental health and well-being
  8. play
  9. play therapy
  10. Repeated Measures
  11. Self Report
  12. therapy animals