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Brief Synopsis of the Literature This study reviews 100 studies comparing play therapy treatment outcomes for children and adolescents and finds a small to moderate benefit for those that are treated. The average benefit for play therapy is about half of what has been shown previously for more behaviorally oriented treatments. Unfortunately, the overall quality of research in play therapy is poor compared to research standards. Implications of the Research The purpose of the current meta-analytic review was to update the literature on the effectiveness of play therapy with emphasis on study quality and type of outcome measures. Notably, the current review found that a fairly large number of studies (24%) included in the Bratton et al. (2005) meta-analysis did not have sufficient data to calculate an accurate prepost effect size. This difference in included studies likely contributed to the large discrepancy in findings. Using prepost methodology for calculating effect sizes, Lin and Bratton (2015) reported an estimated effect size like the current review. How can the article inform my practice as a counselor? I have thought for many years that I would like to become skilled in play therapy. I have always been curious to how it helps children and why. After analyzing this article, I have learned that the current data on the effects of play therapy are somewhat skewed by the testing practices. I am eager to find more
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  • Fall '19
  • Time 100, Meta-analysis, Effect size

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