Effectiveness of Group Play Therapy in Generalized Anxiety Disorder of Children

AUTHORS

Mojgan Karahmadi 1 , * , Salimeh Jalali 2

1 Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences Research Center,Department of Psychiatry,School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2 Behavioral Sciences Research Center,Department of Psychiatry,School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

How to Cite: Karahmadi M, Jalali S. Effectiveness of Group Play Therapy in Generalized Anxiety Disorder of Children, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2011 ; 5(1):33-6.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 5 (1); 33-6
Published Online: June 30, 2011
Article Type: Original Article
Received: August 13, 2010
Accepted: January 25, 2011
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Abstract

Objective: Anxiety is one of the most common psychiatric disorders and almost 30% of the primary school children are affected by various kinds of it. Group play therapy has been reported to be a useful component of treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The goal of this research was to determine the efficacy of this treatment in children with GAD.

Methods: In this quasi-experimental study, 30 youths with GAD aged between 5 and 11 referred from Isfahan child psychiatric clinics were randomly assigned to two groups (15 patients in each group). Parents’ form of CSI-4 questionnaire, GAD subscale, was used to diagnose the problem of these children with the help of a child psychiatrist. Case group got 1-hour weekly sessions for three months while no intervention was done for control group (waiting list). Analysis of covariance was used to compare two groups.

Results: Analysis of covariance showed that group play therapy reduces GAD symptoms in posttest stage meaningfully (p=0.02). It also reduces GAD symptoms in follow up significantly (p<0.0001).

Conclusion: The results of this study shows that group play therapy can be an effective method for reducing GAD symptoms in posttest and follow up stage.

Declaration of Interest: None.

Citation: Karahmadi M, Jalali S. Effectiveness of group play therapy in generalized anxiety disorder of children. Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 2011; 5(1): 33-6

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