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The play sessions' efficacy ostensibly facilitated
change by permitting parents to be agents of change for
short periods, which appeared to reduce the parents' anxiety
while learning. Parents reported gaining objectivity,
feedback from others, and stimulation to refine skills
through reviewing videotaped sessions.
Changes in parents entailed increases in confidence and
feelings of personal power, reduction in degree of parental
control and responsibility, and increased awareness of
adults' and children's needs. Closer parent\child and
marital relationships were described and characterized by
increased, enhanced communication; adoption of more
realistic, appropriate expectations; and less friction. The
children's changes included increased and enhanced
communication, increased responsibility for actions,
decreased withdrawn and aggressive behavior, and increased
feelings of happiness.
This study supports filial therapy as a viable option
for educating parents in effective parenting and training
as agents of change. The results appear to be generalizable
to other parents engaged in learning filial therapy since
previous research reported similar findings.
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Lahti, Sherrie (Sherrie Lyn). An ethnographic study of the filial therapy process, dissertation, August 1992; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc332646/m1/3/: accessed November 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .