ERIC Number: ED208952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Some Therapeutic Uses of Dramatic Play with the Aggressive Child in the Preschool Classroom.
The primary purpose of this master's thesis is to describe some therapeutic uses of dramatic play with the mildly aggressive preschool child. The child for whom the suggested play interventions are considered appropriate is characterized by sociality and attachment to both peers and adults, and is not chronically aggressive. After the first chapter's brief introduction, Chapter II of the thesis provides a review of aspects of primarily psychoanalytic theories to help school personnel resolve developmental crises and promote healthy adjustment in young children. Theoretical formulations of the personality dynamics of the aggressive child are then recounted, and literature on aggression and the aggressive child considered relevant to preschool teachers is selectively reviewed. Chapter III describes four themes of dramatic play for therapeutic intervention with aggressive children: the monster or dragon, the wild animal, the giant or witch, and the family. For each theme, one scenario illustrating how the theme can be introduced into children's play activities is presented. In conclusion, the need for empirical studies of the effectiveness of the recommended dramatic play techniques is recognized, and directions for research are pointed out. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Psychoanalytic Theory
Note: Master's Thesis, Lone Mountain College, San Francisco.