Effects of a Trained Therapy Dog in Child-Centered Play Therapy on Children's Biobehavioral Measures of Anxiety Page: 3
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biobehavioral measurements, last 5-minute biobehavioral measurements as measured
by the SenseWear Pro 2 armband monitor. The combination of CCPT and animal-
assisted therapy was shown to have little practical significance in decreasing children's
pre-treatment and post-treatment heart rate. The results of the two factor repeated
measures analysis of variance with mixed factors were not statistically significant.
Although, research has shown that play therapy is an effective modality in reducing
children's anxiety over time, children's anticipatory anxiety was increased in the first 30-
minutes of play therapy with or without the presence of a trained therapy dog.
Anticipatory anxiety may have been due to the children experiencing a novel and
unfamiliar situation, entering the play therapy room with a stranger, the non-structured
environment of the play therapy room, or a first interaction with the armband monitor.
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Athy, Annette L. Effects of a Trained Therapy Dog in Child-Centered Play Therapy on Children's Biobehavioral Measures of Anxiety, dissertation, May 2005; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4793/m1/3/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .