نوع مقاله : مقاله پژوهشی
MS.c. in consulting, Islamic Azad University, Ghaen Branch, Ghaen, Iran
MS.c. in clinical psychology, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad Branch, Mashhad, Iran
Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
M.Sc. Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
MS.c. in consulting, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad Branch, Mashhad, Iran
Introduction: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of play therapy with life skills approach on reducing separation anxiety syndrome in preschool children.
Materials and Methods: The statistical population of this study was all the leading preschool students with separation anxiety disorder in Mashhad city-Iran in the academic year of 2018-2019. Based on Cochran's formula, 30 children were selected by the convenient sampling method and were randomly divided into two groups of experimental (n= 15) and control (n= 15). The Separation Anxiety Scale (Hahn et al. 2003) was used to collect information. The experimental group was also trained in play therapy with a life skills approach based on Vernon model (2006) in 10 ninety-minute sessions. Data analyzed through Multivariate analysis of covariance.
Results: The results showed that there was a significant difference between two groups in score of separation anxiety syndrome and its components in the post-test stage (P< 0.05).
Conclusion: The findings of the present study showed that play therapy with a life skills approach can be used to reduce separation anxiety syndrome in preschool children.