ERIC Number: ED414549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Play Therapy Behaviors of Sexually Abused Children.
Homeyer, Linda E.; Landreth, Garry L.
The purpose of this study was to identify play therapy behaviors of sexually abused children. Surveys were sent to members of the Association for Play Therapy, of which 249 respondents, who worked with 16 or more sexually abused children, were used. Results indicate that there are identifiable and highly interrelated PTBs of sexually abused children, particularly boys and girls from 3 to 10 years of age. The dissociative PTBs found in this study suggest that girls and boys dissociate differently in response to sexual abuse. To dissociate, boys may require more tactile (water, sand, or both) and visual stimulation (reenactment of the abuse) than girls. Findings imply that girls probably dissociate more easily than boys. Sexually abused children in three of the four groups (boys, 3-6 years; boys, 7-10 years; girls, 7-10 years) frequently exhibit nurturing PTBs, which may reflect these children's perception of insufficient nurturing in their environments to meets their needs. Suggested use of the PTBs include assessments to detect sexual abuse, and recommendations for child placement and/or court testimony. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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