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"News-Medical.net" featured Pace University's Parenting, Prison, and Pups in "Using therapy dogs reduces stress and improves emotional well-being in vulnerable adults"

02/11/2019

"News-Medical.net" featured Pace University's Parenting, Prison, and Pups in "Using therapy dogs reduces stress and improves emotional well-being in vulnerable adults"

...With Pace University, we are partners with their Department of Criminal Justice in designing and implementing a pilot study of female prisoners struggling to learn parenting skills prior to reunification with minor children.

Some 70% of female inmates in the U.S. leave minor kids behind when incarcerated, and this severs and wounds the mother-child bond. Female inmates have a tougher time than males in jail, and their kids are an at-risk population, far more likely to end up in jail.

Our study, ‘Parenting, Prison, and Pups’ is now in its third year and already spotlighting the power of dogs to comfort prisoners and enhance learning. We’re hoping results show a positive, cost-effective scalable option for rehabilitating prisoners, especially those with children.

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