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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
In this phenomenological qualitative study, eight male inmates in an Oklahoma prison were interviewed about their experiences training dogs in a prison-based animal program. The interviews were coded and analyzed, and three overarching and intersecting themes were developed: enhanced skills and knowledge, meaningful connections, and positive emotions. The themes extended across three separate but intersecting domains: intrapersonal, interpersonal, and community. Implications of the results and future directions for research are discussed.
Harboe, Brooke R. (2018). Inmates and Dogs: A Phenomenological Study of Male Inmates’ Experiences in a Prison - Based Animal Program (Doctoral dissertation, Pacific University). Retrieved from: