Master of Public Health
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Trained service dogs can be used for many tasks, but the growing literature focuses on the benefits of the psychosocial health and well-being of individuals experiencing depression or anxiety. This study analyzes the effects of service dogs on the mental well-being of individuals with a diagnosed disability who have depression or anxiety. This quasi-experimental design assesses the mental well-being of individuals who have a service dog compared to those who do not have a service dog. Mental well-being was measured using the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (WEMWBS) and focused on individuals with a service dog and diagnosed depression or anxiety compared to individuals without a service dog who had diagnosed depression or anxiety and a disability. This study's key findings showed no statistically significant difference in the mental well-being of individuals with a service dog with diagnosed depression or anxiety compared to those without a service dog who had a disability and diagnosed depression or anxiety. The results showed that both groups had a below-average well-being score.
Morales, Katelyn, "The Differences in Mental Well-Being for Individuals With and Without Service Dogs" (2022). Capstone Experience. 215.