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Effects of child-centered play therapy (CCPT) on disruptive behavior of at-risk preschool children in Head Start


Childhood disruptive behaviors in early childhood present difficulties for teachers and parents, can be indicative of emotional and social disturbances for children, and are associated with long-term negative consequences. This quasi-experimental study employed single-case design research to investigate the effects of child-centered play therapy on children identified with clinical levels of disruptive behaviors. Children participated in an A–B design, receiving multimodal CCPT (i.e., individual and group) in Phase B. Phase A consisted of no treatment to establish a baseline of behavior. Results indicated two out of three children showed marked improvement during the intervention across treatment phases. Implications and limitations are discussed. (author abstract)

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United States

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