Animal-Assisted Therapy: An Adjunctive Intervention for Reducing Depression and Anxiety in Female College Students with Physical Disabilities and Guidelines for Implementation into Psychotherapy Practice and Research
Robert Rando (Committee Member), Cynthia Sieck (Committee Member), Julie Williams (Committee Chair)
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
The existing literature has indicated that women with physical disabilities are at greater risk for depression and anxiety compared to men with similar limitations and their able-bodied counterparts (Nosek & Hughes, 2003). In addition to this, female college students with physical disabilities are at greater risk for attrition than able-bodied female college students (Gmelch, 1998). This dissertation discusses the benefits and criticisms of animal-assisted therapy as an adjunctive intervention for depression and anxiety in this population. It also provides guidelines for implementing it into psychotherapy practice and research.
Department or Program
School of Professional Psychology
Year Degree Awarded
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