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Rezayi S, Hasanvand M B. Effectiveness of Play Therapy Based on Social Cognition in Children With Internalized Behavioral Disorders. Iranian Rehabilitation Journal 2022; 20 (3) :369-378
URL: http://irj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-1473-en.html
1- Department of Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran.
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Objectives: Internalizing disorders include disorders, such as major depressive disorder, dysthymia, and somatic disorders. In the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is recognized as a distinct group, but anxiety is a common symptom. This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of play therapy programs based on social cognition in children with internalized behavioral disorders.
Methods: This study was an experimental design with a pre-test, post-test, and follow-up. The subjects were screened based on the inclusion criteria, then 20 children with internalized behavioral disorders were selected after the matching process, and they were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups (10 persons in each group). The intervention program was implemented in 10 sessions over 3 months. In this research, the Achenbach questionnaire (teacher report form) was used to assess students’ behavioral problems.
Results: The results showed that play therapy with the social cognition method decreased the behavioral problems in children with the internalizing disorder (P≤0.05). 
Discussion: It suggested that this supportive program can be implemented in a community of children with internalizing behavioral disorders.
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Article type: Original Research Articles | Subject: methodology in rehabilitation
Received: 2021/09/27 | Accepted: 2022/05/23 | Published: 2022/09/19

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