ERIC Number: EJ1083157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Stakeholder Perceptions of the Need for Research on Elements of Service Dog Partnerships in the Workplace
Glenn, Margaret K.
Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, v29 n4 p320-335 2015
Purpose: To examine the perceived need for research on elements of successful service dog partnerships in the workplace outlined by stakeholders in an exploratory study. Method: A structured mixed methods approach was used to gather ideas from people with service dogs, trainers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and other health care professionals. Sixty-eight people participated in the process, from brainstorming elements (n = 24), sorting them into clusters (n = 10), rating the items for importance (n = 40), and need for research (n = 34). Among those rating research, most were service dog handlers (55%). Primarily, the group had experience with mobility/stability dogs (45%) or medical alert/response service dogs (35%). Results: Sixty-eight elements were brainstormed and rated according to need for research. The clusters Monitoring and Dog Preparation received the highest mean ratings in response to the question, "What is your perception of the relative priority of conducting research on this item?" All 68 elements were perceived to be in need of further research. Conclusion: The conclusion was that the elements established in this study should generate scholarly activity in the rehabilitation and disability research and service community with the intent of identifying promising practices related to the use of service dogs in the workplace by people with disabilities.
Descriptors: Animals, Research Needs, Stakeholders, Vocational Rehabilitation, Mixed Methods Research, Disabilities, Trainers, Counselors, Health Personnel
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