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Inmates and Dogs: A Phenomenological Study of Male Inmates’ Experiences in a Prison - Based Animal Program

23 July 2018


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.


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