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- Main Title An Investigation of the Efficacy of Play Therapy with Young Children
Author: Brandt, Marielle AloyseCreator Type: Personal
Committee Member: Bratton, Sue C.Contributor Type: PersonalContributor Info: Major professor
Committee Member: Altekruse, Michael K.Contributor Type: PersonalContributor Info: Major professor
Committee Member: Baker, DavidContributor Type: PersonalContributor Info: Minor professor
Name: University of North TexasPlace of Publication: Denton, Texas
- Creation: 1999-05
- Content Description: This study was designed to determine the effectiveness of play therapy as a method of intervention for children with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems. Specifically, the study was aimed at determining the effectiveness of play therapy in: (a) improving self-concepts of children with adjustment difficulties; (b) reducing internalizing behavior problems, such as withdrawal, somatic complaints, anxiety, and depression; (c) reducing externalizing behavioral problems such as aggression and delinquent behaviors; (d) reducing overall behavior problems, social problems, thought problems, and attention problems of children with adjustment difficulties; and (e) reducing parenting stress of parents of children who were experiencing adjustment difficulties.The experimental group consisted of 15 children who were experiencing a variety of adjustment difficulties and received play therapy once per week for 7 to 10 weeks. The control group consisted of 14 children who were experiencing a variety of adjustment difficulties and who were on a waiting list to receive intervention, and therefore, did not receive any treatment during the time of data collection. Experimental and control group children were administered the Joseph Pre-School and Primary Self-Concept Screening Test and parents of all participants completed the Child Behavior Checklist and the Parenting Stress Index at pretest and posttest data collection times. A gain scores analysis revealed that children in the experimental group demonstrated a significant improvement on internalizing behavior problems. Also, a reduction in externalizing behavior problems and parenting stress was observed. No improvement in self-concept was demonstrated. This study provides evidence that play therapy is a viable intervention for treating a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties in young children, particularly children who are experiencing internalizing behavior problems.
- Library of Congress Subject Headings: Play therapy.
- Library of Congress Subject Headings: Child psychotherapy.
- Keyword: play therapy
- Keyword: emotional problems
- Keyword: behavioral problems
Name: UNT Theses and DissertationsCode: UNTETD
Name: UNT LibrariesCode: UNT
- Rights Access: public
- Rights License: copyright
- Rights Holder: Brandt, Marielle Aloyse
- Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.
- Thesis or Dissertation
- OCLC: 44262892
- UNT Catalog No.: b2206733
- Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc2184
- Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
- Degree Level: Doctoral
- Degree Discipline: Counseling and Student Services
- Academic Department: Department of Counseling, Development and Higher Education
- Degree Grantor: University of North Texas