Getting a dog reduces stress in caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder

first_imgShare on Twitter Share Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img Email An article published this April in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders suggests man’s best friend can significantly reduce stress in the primary caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).In the study, 38 primary caregivers were given a pet dog, and were compared to 24 caregivers who were not given a dog.The researchers had parents complete the Parenting Stress Index three times: before getting the dog, after getting the dog, and 25-40 weeks after getting the dog. Parents’ stress levels at each of these times were compared, and the researchers found that on average, the stress of parents who were given a dog was reduced from clinically high levels to normal levels of stress. The stress levels of parents who did not get a pet dog remained the same across all three assessments. In addition to reductions in parents’ overall stress on the Parenting Stress Index, results showed that the dog owners had lower scores on the Difficult Child subscale, which assesses the child’s overall behaviors (e.g. “My child seems to cry or fuss more often than other children.”). Reductions were also observed on the Parental Distress subscale (e.g. “I often have the feeling that I cannot handle things very well.”).The authors also pointed out that it’s possible that the dog itself may not be what is causing stress reduction—instead, stress reduction may be happening more indirectly, possibly through increased physical activity, outdoor activity, or spending more time away from the child. However, the researchers believe this is unlikely considering that a 1991 study found that being around a dog reduces stress more than being around a friend.“It is likely that different factors are important in different contexts and while this may pose challenges for assessing or inferring the mechanism behind the changes noted; from a clinical perspective this may indicate that dogs are particularly useful, since their nature means they may provide a personalised and socially valid intervention with the minimum of clinical effort,” the researchers wrote.“In this context, voluntary dog acquisition offers a flexible intervention that is economically effective, integrates well into the family, making them potentially very useful for the varied symptoms of ASD, which is highly individual in nature.”Not only do these findings have important implications for the health of parents of children with ASD, these findings also have important implications for parents of children with ASD, since researchers believe that parental stress levels play a large role in the success of ASD therapy programs.This study adds to the growing evidence for the benefits of dog ownership. The results of this study are very important for parents of children with ASD, who are prone to experiencing higher stress, anxiety and other negative outcomes like depression and social isolation. The researchers suggest that it is possible a dog acts as another form of social support, and it will be important for future research to compare dog ownership to other programs for parents of children with ASD (e.g support groups).last_img read more

Series win over Vanderbilt restores hope for USC

first_imgCOLUMBIA – No one knows what will happen the rest of the way for the South Carolina baseball team.The Gamecocks are still probably on the outside looking in as far as the NCAA postseason is concerned. But following Saturday’s 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Vanderbilt to give them their first Southeastern Conference series victory since sweeping Kentucky to kick off league play, the team appears to believe in itself again.“My players gave me all they had these last 18 innings,” said USC coach Chad Holbrook of his team which improved to 25-16 overall and 8-10 in SEC play. “I’m proud of them. If we can do that for 17 more games or 16, or however many we’ve got left, we’ll be OK and maybe we will have put ourselves in a good position.”Following an embarrassing 12-0 loss to the Commodores Thursday night and with the SEC Network moving their entire operation to Columbia to broadcast on Friday, it appeared disaster loomed for the program.But, back-to-back wins against a fourth-ranked Vanderbilt (29-12, 12-6) team that is the defending College World Series champion and the favorite in the eyes of many to repeat that feat, appears to have been just what the doctor ordered.USC had dropped five straight games, seven of its last 10 and Gamecocks fans were not happy.Despite the lofty numbers announced at recent games due to the amount of sold tickets, a lot fewer people have actually been showing up at Carolina Stadium.USC was coming off a road series against Florida in which it dropped three games by a combined score of 38-10.Following Thursday’s 12-0 loss to the Commodores, USC’s RPI had fallen to 69 and participation in the postseason appeared all but done.“Obviously, in Florida, we did not play our best baseball,” said USC catch Logan Koch, who had the game-winning hit on Saturday. “Anytime you struggle like we did, you have to find confidence.“Confidence (among) our (pitching) staff was lacking a little bit. (Friday night starter) Jack (Wynkoop) picked them up. His start on Thursday was as impressive as any we’ve had all year…Everybody that came out this weekend, it was like a new-found confidence.”While continuing its streak of advancing to the regionals is an uphill battle, there is at least hope.For Holbrook, watching the life that returned to the Gamecocks both on the field and in the dugout, it is a positive sign.“Hopefully, 10-15 years from now I’ll look back on this year, this stretch, as the stretch when maybe I became a better coach,” said Holbrook. “I believe that. (USC AD) coach (Ray) Tanner told me that and that’s what I believe.“You learn a lot about a leader, or a coach, or a team or some players when things aren’t necessarily going so well. You’ve got to strap it back on, get it together and try to pull yourself off the mat. This is an indication that we have.”last_img read more

MCC Jayhawks men win their fifth game in a row with a 91-72 victory over Glen Oaks

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