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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
JSST. 2015;6(1): 25-42.         doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.150002
The Effects of Sandplay Therapy on the Anxiety, Attachment Relations, and Interpersonal Stress of Children of Alcoholic Fathers
Soo-yeon Yoo
Sandplay therapist & Psychotherapist, Cheonan Seongjeong Social Welfare Center Attached Organization Child & Family Counseling Center
Corresponding Author: Soo-yeon Yoo ,Email: yousuy1016@naver.com
Received: April 21, 2015; Revised: June 14, 2015   Accepted: June 20, 2015.  Published online: June 30, 2015.
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ABSTRACT
The aim of this research was to determine the effects of sandplay therapy on the anxiety, attachment relations, and interpersonal stress of children of alcoholic fathers. The subjects were 20 children from low-income families with alcoholic fathers who were suggested by teachers at two local children’s centers in Cheonan City in South Chungcheong Province and two centers located in Pyeongtaek City in Gyeonggi Province. The Korean version of the Children of Alcoholics Test (CAST-K) was administered, and among those children who scored 12 points or higher, ten children were chosen for the experimental group and ten children were chosen for the control group. Sandplay therapy was only conducted with the experimental group. The counseling involved a 40-minute session per week for a total of twelve sessions, including pre- and post-tests, from November 2012 to March 2013. The sandplay therapy program was administered on a one-to-one basis by two sandplay therapists. To verify the changes in the pre- and post-test levels of anxiety, attachment relations, and interpersonal stress of the experimental and control groups, a non-parametric test of Mann-Whitney’s U test and Wilcoxon’s signed rank test was conducted. The results of the study indicated the effectiveness of sandplay therapy in reducing anxiety, improving attachment relations and reducing interpersonal stress, and the potential of being an effective instrument for therapy.
Keywords: sandplay therapy | alcoholic | anxiety | attachment relation | interpersonal stress
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