Emotion comprehension (EC) is a crucial competence for children, as it determines the quality of peer interactions. This study assessed the efficacy of an animal-assisted education (AAE) intervention with dogs based on the Federico II Model of Healthcare Zooanthropology (FMHZ) to promote EC in a group of primary school children. One hundred and four children (48 females) aged 6–7 years took part in the study, of whom 63 participated in the AAE intervention (i.e., experimental group) and 41 did not (i.e., control group). The intervention was deployed in a school setting through a group format and consisted of five bimonthly sessions. EC was assessed pre- and post-intervention, and at a 3-month follow-up. Student’s t-test and mixed-model ANOVA were performed to analyze the effect of the intervention on EC. EC significantly improved in children of the experimental group compared to the control group. Significant time effects from pre- to post-intervention, post-intervention to follow-up, and pre-intervention to follow-up assessment were found in the experimental group only. AAE based on FMHZ was effective in improving EC in children.

An Animal-Assisted Education Intervention with Dogs to Promote Emotion Comprehension in Primary School Children—The Federico II Model of Healthcare Zooanthropology / Scandurra, Cristiano; Santaniello, Antonio; Cristiano, Serena; Mezza, Fabrizio; Garzillo, Susanne; Pizzo, Rosa; Menna, LUCIA FRANCESCA; Bochicchio, Vincenzo. - In: ANIMALS. - ISSN 2076-2615. - 11:6(2021), p. 1504. [10.3390/ani11061504]

An Animal-Assisted Education Intervention with Dogs to Promote Emotion Comprehension in Primary School Children—The Federico II Model of Healthcare Zooanthropology

Scandurra Cristiano
Writing – Review & Editing
;
Santaniello Antonio;Cristiano Serena
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Mezza Fabrizio
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Garzillo Susanne
Methodology
;
Pizzo Rosa;Menna Lucia Francesca
Supervision
;
Bochicchio Vincenzo
Supervision
2021

Abstract

Emotion comprehension (EC) is a crucial competence for children, as it determines the quality of peer interactions. This study assessed the efficacy of an animal-assisted education (AAE) intervention with dogs based on the Federico II Model of Healthcare Zooanthropology (FMHZ) to promote EC in a group of primary school children. One hundred and four children (48 females) aged 6–7 years took part in the study, of whom 63 participated in the AAE intervention (i.e., experimental group) and 41 did not (i.e., control group). The intervention was deployed in a school setting through a group format and consisted of five bimonthly sessions. EC was assessed pre- and post-intervention, and at a 3-month follow-up. Student’s t-test and mixed-model ANOVA were performed to analyze the effect of the intervention on EC. EC significantly improved in children of the experimental group compared to the control group. Significant time effects from pre- to post-intervention, post-intervention to follow-up, and pre-intervention to follow-up assessment were found in the experimental group only. AAE based on FMHZ was effective in improving EC in children.
2021
An Animal-Assisted Education Intervention with Dogs to Promote Emotion Comprehension in Primary School Children—The Federico II Model of Healthcare Zooanthropology / Scandurra, Cristiano; Santaniello, Antonio; Cristiano, Serena; Mezza, Fabrizio; Garzillo, Susanne; Pizzo, Rosa; Menna, LUCIA FRANCESCA; Bochicchio, Vincenzo. - In: ANIMALS. - ISSN 2076-2615. - 11:6(2021), p. 1504. [10.3390/ani11061504]
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