Service Dogs and their Impact on Psychological Well-Being and Anxiety
Date of Award
Master of Science in Research Psychology (MS)
Dr. Baine Craft
Dr. Jenny Lee Vaydich
Service dogs are highly skilled animals that assist disabled individuals. The Americans with Disability Act was passed in 1990, which legalized the use of service dogs. Since then, there has been a growing demand for one to obtain a service dog for their disability. Though the popularity of owning a service dog has increased, there is limited research that supports the notion that psychological well-being improves and anxiety decreases as a result of having a service dog. The current proposal seeks to explore whether or not service dogs contribute to changes in psychological well-being and anxiety.
Finneron, Sophie C., "Service Dogs and their Impact on Psychological Well-Being and Anxiety" (2023). Research Psychology Theses. 14.