Faculty Publications

Title

Handling a dog by children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Calming or exciting?

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

North American Journal of Psychology

Volume

11

Issue

1

First Page

111

Last Page

120

Abstract

Physiological reactions to handling a dog were recorded for 17 children (13 males & 4 females ranging in age from 7 to 12 years), 16 with a primary diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. The major finding was a significant increase in blood pressure and pulse rate five minutes after holding a dog. It was concluded that a dog used for pet therapy with children diagnosed as ADHD was more likely to have an excitatory effect than a calming one. © NAJP.

Original Publication Date

3-1-2009

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