Development of the trauma play scale: Comparison of children manifesting a history of interpersonal trauma with a normative sample
The purpose of this study was the continuation in the development of the Trauma Play Scale through the addition of a normative sample. The scale is an observation-based assessment designed to be used by raters to detect differences in play therapy behaviors of children who have a history of trauma versus children with no known history of trauma. The scale is used to measure posttraumatic play behaviors (intense play, repetitive play, play disruptions, avoidant play, and negative affect) of children, via video-recorded play therapy sessions, at 5-min intervals. Percentage agreement and correlation estimates of interrater reliability suggested that raters were able to achieve consensus and consistency in their ratings. Statistical analyses indicated the Trauma Play Scale has a high degree of discriminant validity. © 2011 Association for Play Therapy.
child-centered play therapy, children, interpersonal trauma, play therapy, posttraumatic play
Myers, Charles E., Sue C. Bratton, Carol Hagen, and Jennifer H. Findling. "Development of the Trauma Play Scale: Comparison of children manifesting a history of interpersonal trauma with a normative sample." International Journal of Play Therapy 20, no. 2 (2011): 66.
International Journal of Play Therapy