Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Efficacy of Play Therapy in Treating Anxiety in Young Children: A Systematic Review
by Aja, Andrew P., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 50; 10784987
Abstract (Summary)

Anxiety is the single most common disorder found in young children, yet little research has been conducted examining the efficacy of play therapy as a treatment for anxiety in children. The present study examines quantitative research literature using any play therapy modality to reduce anxiety levels in children ages 5-13. Due to the limited amount of research in this area, this study includes all qualifying articles published over the past 15 years. A total of five articles were included for a total sample size of 158. Examination of these data shows that play therapy is highly efficacious in treating anxiety in children, with a total effect size of Cohen’s d = 1.026, based on data from self-report instruments administered to child participants. It is also indicative that more research is desperately needed, especially by those in the social work profession.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brocato, Jo
Commitee: Chambers, Ruth M., Potts, Marilyn K.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Therapy, Social work
Keywords: Anxiety, Children, Play therapy, Social work
Publication Number: 10784987
ISBN: 978-0-438-14825-3
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