Department of Sociology

The Effects of Interactions with Dogs in Eldercare

Primary investigator: Associate Prof. Ulla Hellström Muhli

Collaborators: Prof. Lars-Erik Berg (project leader) University of Skövde, PhD candidate Anette Lundin University of Skövde and PhD candidate Ann-Marie Svensson University of Skövde.

Grants: The Knowledge Foundation (KK-Stiftelsen)

The general aim was to study the effects of contact with therapy dogs for older persons in retirement homes. The effects have been documented and analyzed in controlled studies with the use of techniques and perspectives from social psychology, nursing, and medicinal physiology. Complementary aims from the perspectives of social psychology and nursing (where I am an advisor) were: to assess if the uses of therapy dogs can be shown to have positive effects on the well-being of older persons in retirement homes and/or personnel.