Research shows how service dogs can help veterans with PTSD

6 november 2018

For veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, service dogs might be able to offer both behavioral and physiological benefits to help counter some of those symptoms, according to research* that is being led by the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine.

Maggie O'Haire, assistant professor of human-animal interaction in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is at the forefront of the research that is taking a closer look at how service dogs help veterans with PTSD. The latest findings have indicated that veterans may benefit physiologically from having a service dog—the first published research to use a physiological marker to show the effects of service dogs. Lees meer

Bron MedicalXpress, 6 november 2018


*O’Haire, M. E., & Rodriguez, K. E. (2018). Preliminary efficacy of service dogs as a complementary treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in a military population (pdf). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86(2), 179-188. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000267