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Solt, Misty D., Characteristics of play therapy students in training. Doctor of Philosophy
(Counseling), August, 2003, 94 pp., 6 tables, references, 63 titles.
This study examined if there were characteristic differences between play therapy
students and non-play therapy students in training. Specifically, this study was designed to
explore what, if any, characteristic differences between play therapy students and non-play
therapy students in training exist in the following two areas: (a) personality variables, as
measured by the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised (NEO PI-R) and (b) attitude toward
children, and measured by the Barnett's Liking of Children Scale (BLOCS). Additionally, this
study examined whether certain personality traits and the general attitude toward children for the
play therapy student group correlated with the play therapy students' effectiveness ratings
assigned to them by their play therapy supervisors.
This study found statistically significant differences at the .05 alpha level between the
play therapy (N=105) and non-play therapy students (N=79) in training in both the Extraversion
personality trait on the NEO PI-R assessment and attitude toward children on the BLOCS. Non-
play therapy students were in the High range for Extraversion, whereas play therapy students in
training were in the Average range. According to this finding, play therapy students are less
extraverted than non-play therapy students. Specifically, a statistically significant difference
occurred on the Gregariousness scale of the Extraversion domain between the play therapy and
non-play therapy group. Additionally, the play therapy student group scored a statistically
significant higher mean total score on the BLOCS, indicating that play therapy students have a
more favorable attitude toward children as compared to non-play therapy students in training.
No other statistically significant results were indicated on the other personality scales of the NEO
PI-R between the play therapy and non-play therapy students in training group. Statistical
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Solt, Misty D. Characteristics of Play Therapy Students in Training., dissertation, August 2003; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4292/m1/2/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .