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Date of Award

Summer 7-23-2018

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Genevieve Arnaut


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.