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A survey of school counselor attitudes regarding animal-assisted interventions

By Sara Morrow

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Abstract

Though animal-assisted interventions (AAI) have been used in many institutional settings, there is little evidence of AAI use in public schools. This study examined attitudes of school counselors regarding the incorporation of AAI into their practice.

The Pet Attitude Scale Modified (PAS-M) was used to measure attitudes towards animals and was incorporated into an online survey containing items addressing knowledge, interest, and perception of benefits and challenges associated with AAI. A sample of 220 public school counselors completed the online survey. Most considered themselves knowledgeable about AAI (73%), approximately half were interested in using AAI (56%), "reducing stress and anxiety" and "allergies" were the most frequently identified benefit and challenge (86% and 84%, respectively). Positive attitudes towards animals were associated with an interest in utilizing AAI.

Pages 79
Publisher University of New Hampshire
Department Counseling
Degree Master of Arts
URL https://scholars.unh.edu/thesis/110/
University University of New Hampshire
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Tags
  1. Activity
  2. Animal-assisted activities
  3. Animal-assisted therapies
  4. Animal roles
  5. Education
  6. open access
  7. Psychiatry and psychology
  8. School Counseling
  9. Schools
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  1. open access