Dogs ‘prevent stressed students dropping out’
ChalkFace has been publishing a series of articles on how dogs can help young people improve their academic performance and cope with stress.
Even more research shows stress among students really can be reduced by spending time with animals. Patricia Pendry, from Washington State University, said her study showed “soothing” sessions with dogs could lessen the negative impact of stress.
The study of more than 300 undergraduates found weekly hour-long sessions with dogs brought to the university by professional handlers had made stressed students at “high risk of academic failure” or dropping out “feel relaxed and accepted,” helping them to concentrate, learn and remember information, she said.
Anything that reduces stress and improves grades among the young is a good thing. This raises the question as to whether dogs should be allowed on school and university campuses in Hong Kong? What do you think?