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Predictors of participation in an animal-assisted activity program

By Stacie Lynn Davison

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The purpose of this study was to assess the significance of demographic variables, depression, and pet attitude as predictors of willingness to participate in animal-assisted activity (AAA) programs. The final sample included 57 residents at assisted-living centers in California, most of whom were Caucasian (91%), with a mean age of 82, and a college education (44%). The Pet Attitude Scale (PAS), Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), and a newly developed scale to measure interest in an AAA program were used in this study. PAS scores and gender were found to predict willingness to participate in an AAA program. These results contribute to the literature surrounding AAA, which has not yet documented predictors of participation among senior citizens. Gaining information about factors that influence participation could be helpful to care providers to address the needs and interests of residents at assisted-living centers.


Katie Carroll

Date 2010
Pages 46
Publisher California State University Sacramento
Department Psychology
Degree Master of Arts
Language English
University California State University Sacramento
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal roles
  3. Assisted living facilities
  4. California
  5. Depression
  6. Dogs
  7. Health care
  8. Human-animal interactions
  9. Mammals
  10. Older adults
  11. Pet attitude
  12. Pets and companion animals
  13. therapy animals