ERIC Number: EJ1049577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan-9
Abstractor: As Provided
Child-Centered Play Therapy in the Schools: Review and Meta-Analysis
Ray, Dee C.; Armstrong, Stephen A.; Balkin, Richard S.; Jayne, Kimberly M.
Psychology in the Schools, v52 n2 p107-123 Feb 2015
The authors conducted a meta-analysis and systematic review that examined 23 studies evaluating the effectiveness of child centered play therapy (CCPT) conducted in elementary schools. Meta-analysis results were explored using a random effects model for mean difference and mean gain effect size estimates. Results revealed statistically significant effects for outcome constructs, including externalizing problems (d = 0.34), internalizing problems (d = 0.21), total problems (d = 0.34), self-efficacy (d = 0.29), academic (d = 0.36), and other behaviors (d = 0.38). Further, a systematic review was conducted on all studies compared with Outcome Research Coding Protocol criteria. Results indicated that CCPT studies provided quantitative support and qualitatively promising to strong evidence in support of its use in the schools.
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Play Therapy, Literature Reviews, Student Centered Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Effect Size, Statistical Significance, Outcome Measures, Evidence, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Construct Validity, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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Education Level: Elementary Education
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