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University student settlement and wellbeing with dogs as transitional support

Gallard, D (2023) University student settlement and wellbeing with dogs as transitional support. Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development. pp. 1-17. ISSN 0264-3944

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This paper considers the topic of student wellbeing using the lens of a different type of support mechanism – ‘dog borrowing’ – which builds on prior research about emotion work and human-animal interactions but in the context of student transitions and pastoral care in higher education. This novel study was about the experiences of students settling into their university life and how, through a facilitated opportunity for students to connect to a dog and community partners, universities can meet mental health standards for wellbeing support. The findings outlined in this paper provide new insight into; how the university ethos and environment can be viewed as more personalised and emotionally supportive, how different kinds of relationships can support emotion state regulation conducive to wellbeing and effective learning and the ways that a human-animal bond can enhance connection with the community and provide social support for university students who have moved away from home.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1301 Education Systems; 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy; 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2023 10:48
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2023 11:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/02643944.2023.2244498
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20713
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