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The therapeutic power of play : examining the play of young children with leukemia

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The therapeutic power of play : examining the play of young children with leukemia

Gariépy, Nadine (2000) The therapeutic power of play : examining the play of young children with leukemia. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Play has been described as a medium through which children explore their social and physical environments, interact with others, and develop their social and cognitive skills. Recently, the idea that play may serve a therapeutic function has been investigated. The present study was designed to investigate the therapeutic effects of play on children with leukemia as compared to a group of healthy children. The participants with leukemia ( n = 11) were from the external hematology-oncology clinic of a large, Francophone children's hospital in a major urban area; they were in their first year of treatment and received weekly treatments. Children were observed in the playroom of the outpatient clinic. Control children ( n = 11) attended a day care center. All children were 3- to 5-years-old. A Stress Inventory (Chandler, 1981) assessed the two groups' experience with stress. Children's social and cognitive play behaviors during free play were coded (Rubin, 1978). As well, a self-distress measure (Weisz et al., 1994) rated children's daily moods. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Gariépy, Nadine
Pagination:ix, 120 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Education
Date:2000
Thesis Supervisor(s):Howe, Nina
ID Code:1135
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:16
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:18
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