The efficacy of using play therapy in children with behavior disorders: A meta-analysis overview

2016 IJRSP – Volume 5 Issue 3


Hidayat, Dede R.*
Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia (

Prabowo, Arga S.
Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia (

Cahyawulan, Wening
Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia (

Fitriyani, Hilma
Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia (


This study was a meta-analysis of the effect of play therapy that is used to overcome the problems of behavior disorders in children. Meta-analysis was performed using Cohen’s effect size in 4 experimental research results obtained through EBSCOhost electronic journals, Proquest, and Google scholar. The study involved 98 participants in dealing with internalizing behavior problems and externalizing behavior problems. Participants in the study were divided into experimental group and control group. The calculations show the great effect size (d = 0.59). It shows that the play therapy provides a great influence in reducing behavioral disorders in children. While play therapy provides a great influence in dealing with internalizing behavior problems (d = 0.60) and externalizing behavior problems (d = 0.58).

Keywords: play therapy; behavioral disorders; meta-analysis; internalizing behavior problems; externalizing behavior problems



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