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Can children’s play themes be assessed to inform play therapy practice?

Sarah, Bridget, Parson, Judith, Renshaw, Kate and Stagnitti, Karen 2021, Can children’s play themes be assessed to inform play therapy practice?, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 257-267, doi: 10.1177/1359104520964510.

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Title Can children’s play themes be assessed to inform play therapy practice?
Author(s) Sarah, Bridget
Parson, JudithORCID iD for Parson, Judith orcid.org/0000-0002-7566-8713
Renshaw, Kate
Stagnitti, KarenORCID iD for Stagnitti, Karen orcid.org/0000-0002-6215-3390
Journal name Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume number 26
Issue number 1
Start page 257
End page 267
Total pages 11
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1359-1045
1461-7021
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Psychology, Clinical
Psychology, Developmental
Psychiatry
Psychology
Prescriptive
play therapy
play themes
play ability
assessment
Summary In play therapy with children, identifying play themes is key to understanding the meaning within sessions, and allows therapists to systematically track therapeutic change. This study investigated if play themes could be identified using a time limited, standardized assessment, for children aged 5–7 years. A descriptive, observational mixed methods, non-experimental study with 30 typically developing children was conducted, with participants assessed individually on one occasion using the Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment (ChIPPA). Play themes were able to be identified for 26 of the 30 participants. Of these 26 children, a range of primary and subthemes were observed. These findings indicate that a baseline measure of both play ability and play themes can be integrated to prescribe and align the model of play therapy with the needs of the child. Play themes were not identified for four participants which may be due to limited pretend play ability, indicating that deficits in play ability may need to be addressed in the first instance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1359104520964510
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30144795

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