Analysis of Personal Attitude Construct on the Influence of Absence of a Dog in Animal-assisted Therapy for an Opposite Sex Patient

[Speaker] Utsumi, Yurika:1
[Co-author] Naito, Tetsuo:2
1:Graduate School of Psychology, Fukushima College (Japan), 2:Department of Welfare-Psychology, Fukushima College (Japan)

The aim of this study is to search for the effect of absence of a therapy dog. We made use of personal attitude construct analysis. The subject was a 20's female animal therapist. The procedure was as follows; 1) presented the stimulus sentences about absence of a therapy dog in animal therapy for an opposite sex patient, 2) required to order the cards of association according to importance, 3) instructed to estimate the distance of similarity intuitively, comparing all pairs of cards, 4) Cluster Analysis by Ward was done, 5) asked to describe the image about each cluster. Results revealed following imaginations; 1) she felt strain, anxiety and increment of superficial communications, 2) became aware of sex-role a little and pretended to speak lightly without daring recommendation, 3) took precautions against being looked with a favorable eye and assuming a favorable attitude to patient and increased physical distance.
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