Brandi Hertel, Regina Abel; Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) Compared to Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) on Stress and Anxiety. Am J Occup Ther 2019;73(4_Supplement_1):7311520391. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO2032
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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
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