Playing to change: an evaluation of the efficacy of play therapy as a therapeutic intervention with children

Campbell, Manuela (2009) Playing to change: an evaluation of the efficacy of play therapy as a therapeutic intervention with children. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Recent evidence suggests that at least 10% of young people (about one million) in the UK have a diagnosable mental health disorder. The author undertook a literature review, a qualitative study, framed by constructivist and interpretivist epistemologies. The aim of the review was to determine the efficacy of play therapy as an effective psychotherapeutic intervention with children and young people experiencing reduced mental health and psychological well-being. The author employed mainly electronic search methods and used 19 different source types including PsycNET, BLIC and MEDLINE. For further meta-analyses or systematic reviews, the author searched the Cochrane, Campbell, the University of London’s EPPI Centre and the University of York’s CRD databases. The review looks at the varying psychological approaches to play therapy and in particular, humanistic psychology which underpins non-directive play therapy. A brief history of the changing nature of the definition of childhood together with external and internal pressures experienced by families is discussed. The review contains a chapter regarding the applicable legislation, policies and reports and shows how they contribute to the well-being of children and young people. The author focused on five studies which gave a mixed view of the effectiveness of play therapy. The studies vary in quality of the study itself and the studies used by them. Research issues include the availability of studies using a sufficient number of participants together with the quality and transparency of research methods used.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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