ERIC Number: EJ736513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar-14
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Play Therapy Applied by Parents for Children with Darkness Phobia: Comparison of Two Programmes
Santacruz, Isabel; Mendez, Francisco J.; Sanchez-Meca, Julio
Child & Family Behavior Therapy, v28 n1 p19-35 Mar 2006
Two play therapies applied by parents for darkness phobia in young children are compared. Seventy-eight children between the ages of 4 and 8 were recruited from twenty-seven schools. The participants were randomly assigned to three experimental conditions: bibliotherapy and games, emotive performances, and no treatment. The treatments were applied at home by parents who had previously been trained. The training lasted for five weeks and took place in three 20-minute alternate weekly sessions. Compared with the control group, both play therapies achieved a significant improvement in darkness phobia ("d" greater than 1.0), which increased in a 12-month follow-up.
Descriptors: Play Therapy, Young Children, Parents, Bibliotherapy, Games, Outcomes of Treatment, Program Effectiveness, Counseling Techniques, Fear, Foreign Countries
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