Feature ArticlesEffect of Canine Play Interventions as a Stress Reduction Strategy in College StudentsDelgado, Cheryl PhD, RN; Toukonen, Margaret PhD, RN, AAS; Wheeler, Corinne PhD, RN, CENP Author Information Authors Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Delgado), Clinical Associate Professor (Dr Toukonen), and Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Dr Wheeler), Cleveland State University School of Nursing, Ohio. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Correspondence: Dr Delgado, School of Nursing, Cleveland State University, JH 258, 2121 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115 ([email protected]). Accepted for publication: July 18, 2017 Published ahead of print: August 28, 2017 Nurse Educator: 5/6 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 3 - p 149-153 doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000451 Buy Metrics Abstract Forty-eight students engaged with a therapy dog for 15 minutes during finals week to evaluate the effect on stress. Psychological (Perceived Stress Scale, visual analog scales) and physiologic stress (vital signs, salivary cortisol) measures were collected before and after the intervention. Paired t tests showed significant reductions in all psychological and physiologic measures except diastolic blood pressure. This supports animal-assisted therapy as an effective stress management strategy for nursing and other college students. Copyright © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.