Intervenciones asistidas por animales y calidad de vidaexpectativas en estudiantes universitarios españoles

  1. María A. Perea Mediavilla 1
  2. Javier López-Cepero Borrego 2
  3. Arcadio Tejada Roldán 2
  4. José Luis Sarasola Sánchez-Serrano 1
  1. 1 Universidad Pablo de Olavide, España
  2. 2 Asociación Nacional de Intervenciones Asistidas por Perros y otros Animales, España
Escritos de psicología

ISSN: 1138-2635 1989-3809

Year of publication: 2014

Volume: 7

Issue: 3

Pages: 10-18

Type: Article

DOI: 10.24310/ESPSIESCPSI.V7I3.13264 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openDialnet editor

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  • Year 2014
  • Journal Impact: 0.240
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The present study assessed expectations among university students (N= 474, X= 22.7, SD=5.6 years) towards the possible benefits of animal-assisted interventions on quality of life. Attitudes were measured with the Improving Quality of Life scale, which is an instrument created ad hoc that demonstrated adequate psychometric properties (four easily interpretable factors, with 49% of explained variance and alphas ranging from .76 to .89). The results showed that the participants (from the departments of Social, Health or Educational Sciences) had very positive attitudes (high effect sizes, ES>.80) regardless of training. The experience of sharing households with pets was associated with better expectations. These findings emphasize the high expectations that future professionals in different fields hold regarding animal-assisted interventions, and highlight the current shortcomings in training curricula. The implications of these findings for the development of animal-assisted interventions are discussed.