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“Det känns inte bara bra, det är bra!”: Hundpromenader som ett hälsofrämjande verktyg
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"It not only feel good, it is good!" : Dogwalking as a tool for health promotion (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med studien var att undersöka hur en promenad med sin egen hund kunde göra skillnad i upplevd stress, men också om det kunde bli en skillnad på stresshormonet kortisol. 

Studien byggdes på en enkät med kvantitativ ansats samt ett salivprov för att mäta kortisolnivåerna före och efter promenaden. I studien deltog 10 hundägare och resultatet visade en signifikant sänkning av kortisolnivåerna. Majoriteten av deltagarna ansåg att en promenad med sin hund fick dem att känna sig mindre stressade. Vår slutsats är att en promenad med sin egen hund kan verka hälsopromotivt och stressreducerande. Däremot så anser författarna att det inte går att dra någon specifik slutsats att en hund ska fungera hälsopromotivt för alla människor.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of the study was to investigate how a walk with your own dog could make a difference in perceived stress, and also if there could be a difference in the stress hormone, cortisol. In this study, a quantitative questionnaire was used together with a saliva sample to measure the cortisol levels before and after the walk. In the study, 10 dog owners participated and the result showed a significant decrease within the cortisol levels. Most of the participants also thought that the walk with their dogs made them feel less stressed. Our conclusion is that a walk with your own dog may seem to promote health and reduce stress. However, the authors can not reach a specific conclusion that a dog can function as a mean for health promotion to all and everyone of us.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 35
Keywords [en]
Health promotion, KASAM, Dogs, Cortisol, Dogowners, Dogwalking, Stress
Keywords [sv]
Hälsopromotion, Kasam, Hundar, Kortisol, Hundägare, Hundpromenader, Stress
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Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-75452OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-75452DiVA, id: diva2:1341517
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Health Promotion, bachelor's level
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Available from: 2019-08-14 Created: 2019-08-09 Last updated: 2019-08-14Bibliographically approved

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