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Title

  • Main Title An Investigation of the Efficacy of Play Therapy with Young Children

Creator

  • Author: Brandt, Marielle Aloyse
    Creator Type: Personal

Contributor

  • Committee Member: Bratton, Sue C.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major professor
  • Committee Member: Altekruse, Michael K.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major professor
  • Committee Member: Baker, David
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor professor

Publisher

  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas

Date

  • Creation: 1999-05

Language

  • English

Description

  • 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.

Subject

  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Play therapy.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Child psychotherapy.
  • Keyword: play therapy
  • Keyword: emotional problems
  • Keyword: behavioral problems

Collection

  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD

Institution

  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT

Rights

  • 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.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation

Format

  • Text

Identifier

  • OCLC: 44262892
  • UNT Catalog No.: b2206733
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc2184

Degree

  • 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