How Animal Assisted Therapy Affects Anxiety Levels in Social Work Graduate Students.

The human-animal connection is more powerful than we perceive. Animals have been a source of aiding in coping with stress and anxiety for many. This study aimed to identify the effects of Animal Assisted Therapy on Stress Levels of Social Work Graduate Students. This study involved 39 CSUN MSW Ventura Cohort students who participated in a Perceived Anxiety Survey, anxiety pre-test, animal intervention, and an anxiety post-test surveys allowed for individuals to rate anxiety levels on a daily basis, in the moment prior to the interventions, and after the intervention. Within the study, researchers found that anxiety levels decreased for participants after the intervention. Keywords: social work, graduate program, animal assisted therapy, anxiety

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