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Research in play therapy: A 10-year review in Taiwan


  • Tsai, Mei-Hsiang


This study represented a 10-year review of 86 master's theses and doctoral dissertations on play therapy that had been conducted in Taiwan from 2002 to 2011. Particular attention was directed to the intention of research, the traits of participants, the characteristics of play therapy, and the research methods. Results indicated that the most frequently studied population was children and adolescents (54.6%), followed by play therapists (25.6%), parents/care-givers of children (16.3%), and teachers of children (1.2%). Findings revealed the types of research were qualitative (n=59; 68.6%), quantitative (n=7; 8.1%), and mixed methods (n=20; 23.3%). Results are discussed concerning implications for counselor educators and further research on play therapy.

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  • Tsai, Mei-Hsiang, 2013. "Research in play therapy: A 10-year review in Taiwan," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 25-32.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:35:y:2013:i:1:p:25-32
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.10.016

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