Danielle Pester, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Effectiveness of Child-Centered Play Therapy for Treating Mental Health Symptoms among Children

Abstract: This poster presentation will provide an overview of a meta-analysis intended to evaluate the existing empirical literature related to the effectiveness of child-centered play therapy (CCPT) for treating mental health distress among children. We computed single-case research design (SCRDs) phase contrasts and completed moderator analyses to identify interactions between type of mental health symptoms, number of CCPT sessions, participant age, and treatment setting.

We describe our method for developing eligibility criteria, information sources, search strategy, data management, study selection process, prioritizing outcomes, assessing bias, and narrative synthesizing within our sample of studies. Overall, it is apparent that CCPT practitioners are delivering a treatment that is at least moderately helpful and effective for decreasing mental health symptoms among school-aged children. Furthermore, it appears that number of sessions and treatment setting seem to be the strongest predictors of evidence-supported practice. Data across four symptom clusters will be discussed. Suggestions for future research will be discussed.

Poster materials will include flow charts and visual depictions of findings by moderator type. Handouts will include information about our study’s method and results.

Presentation Author(s):
Danielle Pester* and Julia Dell’Aquila

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