The Effects of Animal Assisted Therapy on Mood and Anxiety in College Students

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During this study, I tested the effects of an Animal Assisted Therapy video on participants’ mood quality and anxiety level. I hypothesized that participants who watched an AAT video would report better mood and lower anxiety than the control group. Forty three undergraduates completed two surveys to measure mood and anxiety level before and after watching their assigned video. Data were analyzed using a 2x2 ANOVA with dependent variables of mood and anxiety, and results showed that participants in the AAT group were in a significantly better mood than the control group after watching the video. There were no significant results for anxiety for either group. Overall, the AAT video had a positive impact on people’s mood and anxiety level.
Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Alfred University Honors Program.
Honors thesis, Animal assisted therapy, Mood disorders, Anxiety disorders