Poster Session
Issue Date: August 01, 2019
Published Online: November 15, 2019
Updated: November 26, 2019
Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) Compared to Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) on Stress and Anxiety
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA
Article Information
Complementary/Alternative Approaches / Translational Research
Poster Session   |   August 01, 2019
Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) Compared to Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) on Stress and Anxiety
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2019, Vol. 73, 7311520391. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO2032
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2019, Vol. 73, 7311520391. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO2032
Abstract

Date Presented 04/04/19

Stress and anxiety have major negative implications for student quality of life (QOL). We designed a study to examine effects of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) or progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) on stress and anxiety in graduate students. Preliminary results of physiological and psychological tests showed a decrease in heart rate and state anxiety in both AAT and PMR groups. This study provides evidence of interventions to improve QOL and health in graduate students.

Primary Author and Speaker: Brandi Hertel

Contributing Authors: Regina Abel