Helping children exposed to domestic violence: A scoping review and narrative synthesis of rationale and processes in play therapy programs

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Abstract

This scoping review was conducted to synthesize and analyze the rationale and processes involved in implementing play therapy programs to help children who have been exposed to domestic violence. Participants of reviewed play therapies were commonly living in shelters, had experienced child maltreatment and/or witnessed family violence, and exhibited psycho-social/behavioral problems. Key steps of play therapies include using reinforcement to provide an appropriate outlet for overwhelming emotions and/or problematic behaviors, identifying modifiable behaviors underlying cognitive distortions, cognitive restructuring/re-framing, behavioral correction, and learning coping and interpersonal skills. Parents’ education, children’s improvement, and the advantages/concerns of play therapy are also discussed. Copyright © 2024 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original languageEnglish
JournalChild and Family Behavior Therapy
Early online dateApr 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Apr 2024

Citation

Fang, Y., Chung, L. M. Y., Or, P. P. L., Sun, F., & Chan, C. K. M. (2024). Helping children exposed to domestic violence: A scoping review and narrative synthesis of rationale and processes in play therapy programs. Child and Family Behavior Therapy. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317107.2024.2341081

Keywords

  • Children
  • Cognitive and behavioral techniques
  • Domestic violence
  • Play therapy

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