The Effects of Animal-Assisted Activities on College Students Before and After a Final Exam
Final exams at colleges and universities have proven to be a time of anxiety and stress for students. This paper contains an exploration the effects of Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) on exam anxiety through the use of blood pressure readings before and after interacting with therapy dogs. A comparison of the experimental and control groups interacting with therapy dogs has shown statistical significance for the reduction of blood pressure for those students who will or have taken a final exam. Having owned a pet, as well, as the age of the participant were not significant predictors of whether or not therapy dogs would reduce blood pressure.
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health
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Jarolmen, Jo Ann and Patel, Gunjan, "The Effects of Animal-Assisted Activities on College Students Before and After a Final Exam" (2018). Kean Publications. 1479.