ERIC Number: ED291498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Game Playing: A Method for Reducing Young Children's Fear of Medical Procedures.
Henkins-Matzke, Ann; Abbott, Douglas A.
This study developed and tested an educational game used in teaching health care concepts to preschool children. It was hypothesized that exposure to the game, which was called "Hospital Windows," would increase children's knowledge of health care equipment and procedures and decrease their fears of health care. Subjects, who were randomly selected, were healthy preschool children enrolled in public and church-affiliated preschools and day care programs in a large midwestern city. A total of 101 children between 4 and 6 years of age participated in the study. Of these, 28 were assigned to a control group. Results of a paired t-test indicated a significant increase in the children's knowledge of health care concepts and a significant decrease in fear of medical equipment and procedures after children played the Hospital Windows game. It is concluded that the use of game playing appears to be an effective method of teaching health education to young children in the classroom. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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