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Kathryn Batson, Barbara McCabe, Mara M. Baun & Carol Wilson

In: Companion Animals in Human Health

Chapter 13: The Effect of a Therapy Dog on Socialization and Physiological Indicators of Stress in Persons Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease

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The Effect of a Therapy Dog on Socialization and Physiological Indicators of Stress in Persons Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease
The effect of a therapy dog on socialization and physiological indicators of stress in persons diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease
KathrynBatsonBarbaraMcCabeMara M.BaunCarolWilson
Abstract

This study examined the effect of the presence of a therapy dog on socialization and physiological indicators of stress in individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. A within-participants, repeated measures experimental design was used to measure heart rate, blood pressure (Kendall Model 8200 blood pressure monitor, Kendall Company Hospital Products, Boston, MA), and skin temperature (YSI Tele-Thermometer, Yellow Springs Instrument Company, Inc., Yellow Springs, OH) every 2 minutes during 10-minute sessions with or without a dog present. Sessions were videotaped for later coding (Daubenmire, White, Heinzerling, Ashton, & ...

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