This research was supported in part by the Association for Play Therapy; Dan Homeyer Foundation; and Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas.
Effects of Adlerian Play Therapy on Reducing Students' Disruptive Behaviors
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2014
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Journal of Counseling & Development
Volume 92, Issue 1, pages 47–56, January 2014
How to Cite
Meany-Walen, K. K., Bratton, S. C. and Kottman, T. (2014), Effects of Adlerian Play Therapy on Reducing Students' Disruptive Behaviors. Journal of Counseling & Development, 92: 47–56. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00129.x
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 21 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 20 APR 2012
- disruptive behaviors;
- lay therapy;
- Adlerian theory;
- school-based interventions
This randomized controlled study examined the effectiveness of Adlerian play therapy (AdPT) with 58 elementary school students (48% Latino, 33% European American, 19% African American) exhibiting disruptive classroom behaviors. Teachers and raters blinded to treatment group assignment reported that children in the experimental group demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in behavior problems and that AdPT demonstrated moderate to large treatment effects. Teachers also reported a statistically significant reduction in stress in their relationships with students receiving AdPT.