J Sym & San Therapy > Volume 3(2); 2012 > Article
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
JSST. 2012;3(2): 31-44.         doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst120012
The Effects of Sandplay Therapy on the Stress and Stress-related EEG Values of Parents of Children who Visited Counseling Institutes
Sun-young Kim1, and Mikyung Jang2
1Children Heart Child Psychiatric Clinic, Cheonan, Korea
2Department of Child Welfare, Namseoul University, Cheonan, Korea
Corresponding Author: Sun-young Kim ,Email: mimiyy99@gmail.com
Received: October 1, 2012;  Accepted: November 25, 2012.  Published online: December 30, 2012.
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ABSTRACT
In the present study, sandplay therapy was implemented to reduce the stress of parents of children who visited counseling institutes and the effects of the sandplay therapy were analyzed. The study subjects were the parents of children who visited a child counseling center located in the Chungnam region and sandplay therapy was implemented on them once per week for ten weeks. To examine changes in the children’s parents’ stress, symptoms of stress (SOS) tests were conducted before and after the intervention and the results were compared and analyzed. As scientific measurement, the changes in brainwaves under stress were measured biweekly before (six times) and after (six times) the session using a brainwave measurement system (EEG-4). According to the results of the study, first, sandplay therapy was effective in reducing stress based on the experimental group’s SOS. Second, stress-related brainwave values were reduced after the intervention compared to the values before the intervention. These results indicate that sandplay therapy was effective in reducing the stress of parents of children who visited counseling institutes.
Keywords: Sandplay Therapy | Brainwave | Stress | Child Counseling Institute | Parents
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