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Effectiveness of Play Therapy on Problematic Behaviors of Preschool Children with Somatization
Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • April A. Schottelkorb, Boise State University
  • Karrie L. Swan, Kansas State University
  • Lexie Jahn, Boise School District
  • Sara Haas, University of North Texas
  • Jordan Hacker, Boise State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
5-21-2015
Abstract
Child-centered play therapy (CCPT) is an evidence-based intervention for children with a variety of presenting problems and diagnoses. However, the effectiveness of CCPT for young children with somatization has not been explored. Thus, in this study, two preschool children with clinical levels of somatization, as rated by parents or teachers on the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2), participated in 14 sessions of CCPT. The participants’ problematic classroom behaviors were monitored prior to and during participation in play therapy. After participation in play therapy, both children displayed decreased symptoms of somatization and decreased problematic classroom behaviors. The results of this single-case research design are reviewed and implications for counselors are discussed.
Citation Information
April A. Schottelkorb, Karrie L. Swan, Lexie Jahn, Sara Haas, et al.. "Effectiveness of Play Therapy on Problematic Behaviors of Preschool Children with Somatization" Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/april_schottelkorb/15/