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This book sets out to examine how animals affect their companion humans' quality of life. The contributors address human animal interaction (HAI) according to the elements that define quality of life: physical; mental/emotional and social health; functional health; and general well-being. The book will be required reading for all health and social science professionals caring for clients who already have companion animals or for clients who might benefit from such interaction.

Chapter 13: 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
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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