Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A supplementary intervention utilizing service dogs with veterans diagnosed with PTSD: A grant proposal
by Dillon, Jacqueline, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 71; 1524192
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to write a grant proposal seeking funds for a program that utilizes service dogs as a supplementary intervention for veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The literature review addressed the prevalence of PTSD in the United States and among our veterans. In addition, PTSD challenges, risk factors, and direct consequences were explored. Pet therapy, service animals, and animal companionship were researched and reviewed to further analyze the effectiveness of their support with humans.

The service dog program will be implemented at The Veterans Affair (VA) Health Care System in Long Beach, California. The program seeks to provide additional support to veterans who are utilizing mental health services at the VA. The intervention is projected to have the following outcomes, decreased PTSD symptoms, increased community integration, and decreased feelings of suicidal ideation. The actual submission and/or funding of this grant were not a requirement for the successful completion of this project.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tan, Philip
Commitee: Lam, Brian, Molidor, Christian, Santhiveeran, Janaki
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Social work, Military studies
Keywords: Posttraumatic stress disorder
Publication Number: 1524192
ISBN: 9781303521690
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