Question by Beautiful Disaster: Pet therapy considered a social psychology topic?
I have to write a paper for a social psychology class.. and It can’t be on something we covered in the book. Which is like fucking everything. So can pet therapy be considered a social psychology topic.. I was thinking it might be because of like Vets For Vets rehabilitates people suffering from PTSD. So kind like how we socially can interact with animals?
Answer by GeorgieGuy
It might help if you think about social psychology as a way of looking at things. That means almost ANY topic could be viewed from the perspective of a social psychologist. If you’re interested in pet therapy you might zero in on a few social-psychological concepts from your class and employ them in analyzing your topic. So, for example, you could employ concepts such as attitudes, self-concept, and cognitive dissonance to describing and evaluating pet therapy. How might the interaction of a patient suffering from PTSD be helped to change dysfunctional attitudes or self-concept by interacting with a therapy animal? Regards.
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