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JSST. 2014;5(1): 1-6.         doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.130011
The Effects of Sandplay Therapy on Improving the Self-Differentiation, Depression, and Mother-Child Relationship of Mothers with Teenage Children
So-on Kim
Sandplay Therapist & Psychotherapist, the Voice of the Well Psychological Development Center, Suwon, Korea
Corresponding Author: So-on Kim ,Tel: +82-31-712-1685, Fax: +82-031-716-1685, Email: on1sos@hanmail.net
Received: April 30, 2014;  Accepted: June 15, 2014.  Published online: June 30, 2014.
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The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of sandplay therapy on decreasing the depression of mothers with teenage children, enhancing their self-differentiation, and improving their mother-child relationship. To this end, this study’s subjects were divided into a test group of five people and a control group of five people, which consisted of mothers who had teenage children. Sandplay therapy was conducted on these groups for ten weeks in fifty-minute sessions. The study’s tools included tests for the Differentiation of Self Scale, Beck Depression Index and Mother-Child Relationship Index. The Wilcoxon signed-rank test and the Mann-Whitney U test were performed to process the data. This study’s results showed that sandplay therapy enhances the self-differentiation of mothers with teenage children, decreases their depression, and facilitates harmonious mother-child relationships.
Keywords: Sandplay therapy | Depression | Self-differentiation | Mother-child relationship
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