Daily Health Headlines

For College Freshmen, Four-Legged Friends Chase Away Homesickness

👤by HealthDay 0 comments 🕔Monday, September 19th, 2016

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Man's best friend may also be a college student's best buddy, new research suggests.

The study found that dog therapy can ease homesickness in first-year college students and possibly reduce their risk of dropping out.

"Transitioning from high school to university can prove to be a challenge for many first-year students," John Tyler Binfet, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada, said in a school news release.

"Given that students who experience homesickness are more likely than their non-homesick [peers] to drop out of university, universities have a vested interest in supporting students during their first-year transition," he said.

Binfet and his colleagues recruited 44 homesick first-year students. Half of that group went to eight weekly dog therapy sessions. The sessions lasted 45 minutes. The students interacted with dogs and their handlers, and fellow study participants.

The other 22 homesick students didn't take part in dog therapy. They served as the control group for the study.

After eight weeks, students getting dog therapy said they were much less homesick and had significantly higher satisfaction with life.

For students in the control group, levels of homesickness got worse, the study authors found.

Students in the dog therapy group said their sessions "felt like they were at home chatting with friends who brought their puppies," the researchers said.

Further research is needed, but these findings suggest that by promoting social connections, universities may help reduce first-year student drop-out rates, Binfet said.

"Homesick students are three times more likely than those who manage their homesickness to disengage and drop out of university," he noted.

The study was published recently in the journal Anthrozoos.

-- Robert Preidt

Article Credits / Source


HealthDay provides up to the minute breaking health news. Click here to view this full article from HealthDay.

SOURCE: University of British Columbia, news release, Sept. 8, 2016

View More Articles From HealthDay 🌎View Article Website

Sponsored Product

Lunar Sleep for $1.95

Lunar Sleep for $1.95

People who have trouble sleeping typically have low levels of melatonin, so melatonin supplements seem like a logical fix for insomnia. There is a high demand for sleep aids, especially in the U.S. The National Health Interview Survey done in 2002, and again in 2007, found 1.6 million US adults were using complementary and alternative sleep aids for insomnia. Lunar Sleep was a top choice. Use Promo Code: Sleep2014 and only pay $1.95 S&H.

Get Lunar Sleep for $1.95

More Mental Health Articles

1 in 7 Young Teens Is a Stalking Victim: Survey

1 in 7 Young Teens Is a Stalking Victim: Survey0

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About one out of seven children in 6th and 9th grades has been a victim of stalking, potentially boosting their risk of substance abuse, dating violence and other dangers, a new U.S. survey ...

Sexism Could Harm Men's Health: Study

Sexism Could Harm Men's Health: Study0

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who have "playboy" attitudes and believe in power over women may face a higher risk for mental health trouble than men who don't, a broad new research review suggests. The finding on sexism, and ...

Troubled Preschoolers Not Getting Effective Treatment: Report

Troubled Preschoolers Not Getting Effective Treatment: Report0

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most preschoolers with mood, behavior and social disorders would benefit from non-drug therapies, but few receive this type of help, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians reports. As many as one in 10 ...

Violent Media Often Give Rise to Nightmares

Violent Media Often Give Rise to Nightmares0

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Watching violent movies before bed might drag some dark images into your dreams, giving you nightmares, a new study suggests. The study found that those who viewed violent media before bed were 13 ...

Teen 'Choking Game' Played Solo Points to Suicide Risks

Teen 'Choking Game' Played Solo Points to Suicide Risks0

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- About 4 percent of U.S. teens surveyed admit to trying the "choking game" -- a potentially deadly game of temporary strangulation. And new research suggests that kids who "play" the game alone are much ...

View More Mental Health Articles


Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our Mailing List

Subscribe to our mailing list to get the latest health news as it breaks!

Your information will not be shared with anyone!