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The Impact of Service Dogs on Engagement in Occupation among Females with Mobility Impairments: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

By Ellen Herlache-Pretzer, Melissa Y. Winkle, Rachel Csatari, Alyssa Kolanowski, Amy Londry, Rachel Dawson

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Abstract

It is becoming more common for people with disabilities to procure service dogs as a form of assistive technology (AT). However, there is little qualitative research examining the impact of service dogs on engagement in valued daily activities (occupations) among persons with mobility impairments. This study used a qualitative descriptive methodology to learn about the experiences of four female service dog owners with mobility impairments, with a focus on the impact of service dog use on the performance of daily occupations and participation in social activities, and their experiences utilizing a service dog as a form of AT. Data analysis indicated that each participant’s service dog made a significant impact on their everyday lives and their ability to independently perform everyday activities; however, there are also unique challenges associated with service dog ownership that must be considered when evaluating benefits of service dog partnership. Overall, the positive outcomes reported by participants indicate that service dogs can be considered a beneficial, adaptable form of AT for some persons with mobility impairments.

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Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2017
Publication Title Int J Environ Res Public Health
Volume 14
Issue 6
ISBN/ISSN 1660-4601
Publisher MDPI
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14060649
URL http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/14/6/649
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Ellen Herlache-Pretzer; Melissa Y. Winkle; Rachel Csatari; Alyssa Kolanowski; Amy Londry; Rachel Dawson (2017), "The Impact of Service Dogs on Engagement in Occupation among Females with Mobility Impairments: A Qualitative Descriptive Study," https://habricentral.org/resources/60280.

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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Assistive Technology
  3. Dogs
  4. Mammals
  5. mobility dogs
  6. Occupational Therapy
  7. Service animals