Dissertations and Theses @ UNI


Open Access Thesis


Aggressiveness in children -- Treatment; Group play therapy; Group counseling for children;


The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of group play treatment and group counseling interventions for decreasing developmentally inappropriate aggression of children. Group play treatment and group counseling are described in relation to the aggressive behaviors of children. Efficacy of the interventions is presented based on published literature only because no significant effects were found in the study. The Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders is also presented. The subjects are children in the first-grade and their ages ranged from 6 to 7. There are three treatment groups (i.e., a play group, a counseling group, and a control group). A total of fifteen students were selected. Five students were assigned to a play group treatment, five were assigned to a group counseling treatment, and five were placed in a placebo control group. In each group two of the children had behavioral problems, while the other three children had no recognized behavior problems (n = 5, target = 2, model peers = 3). The Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders Peer Social Behavior scale was used as an observation tool and constituted the dependent variable measure. It was learned that the ability to determine the effectiveness of group play treatment and group counseling based on the playground observations of aggressive behaviors was not possible in this study. Aggressive behaviors were infrequent and therefore not evident enough to determine effectiveness of the treatment groups. Additional studies on group play therapy and group counseling, particularly in relation to the aggressive behaviors of children, need to be conducted and the results disseminated.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Donald W. Schmits


If you are the rightful copyright holder of this dissertation or thesis and wish to have it removed from the Open Access Collection, please submit a request to scholarworks@uni.edu and include clear identification of the work, preferably with URL.

Date Original


Object Description

1 PDF file (101 leaves)



File Format


Included in

Education Commons