Play and Pets : The Physical and Emotional Impact of Child-Life and Pet Therapy on Hospitalized Children

@inproceedings{Kaminski2002PlayAP,
  title={Play and Pets : The Physical and Emotional Impact of Child-Life and Pet Therapy on Hospitalized Children},
  author={Mary Sharon Kaminski and Teresa A Pellino and Joel Wish},
  year={2002}
}
Child-life therapy programs and pet-therapy programs are often used in pediatric hospital settings to provide emotional support and diversion; however there is little research about their efficacy. How play and pet therapy affect children was examined in this study of 70 hospitalized children. Self-reported mood, displayed affect, amount of touch, heart rate, blood pressure, and salivary cortisol were measured. Children and parents viewed both therapies as mood enhancing experiences for the… CONTINUE READING

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