Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill

Abstract

The effect of pet-assisted therapy on the social skills of institutionalized adolescent psychiatric patients is evaluated via qualitative and quantitative methods. Weekly sessions with the therapy dog were observed and personal interviews with four patients conducted to gather data. Data was analyzed and encoded to determine general themes of social interaction related to the pet-assisted therapy, including improved self-esteem, development of social roles, and trust in physical contact with others.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000

Major

Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Program

Biology and Biotechnology

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