Our first graduate student, Whitney, presented her
research proposal for her Thesis Project. Whitney’s thesis is entitled Animal Assisted Therapy, Perceived Social Support, and Posttraumatic Growth In Traumatized Youth.
Whitney’s main purpose of her research is:
- To demonstrate that working with animals (animal assisted therapy, AAT) increases posttraumatic growth (PTG)
- To provide additional support that AAT decreases posttraumatic stress symptoms
- To illustrate how perceived social support is impacted by AAT, and whether that effect is moderated by pet affinity
- To help demonstrate the effect of perceived social support on PTG
The lab is very excited about Whitney’s research and is eager for her to begin!