Effects of Adlerian Play Therapy on Reducing Students' Disruptive Behaviors


  • This research was supported in part by the Association for Play Therapy; Dan Homeyer Foundation; and Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas.


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.