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Effectiveness of Transitional Group Therapy

Title: The Effectiveness of Transitional Group Therapy: Promoting Resiliency in Foster Children.
Name(s): Craven, Patricia Ann, author
Lee, Robert E., professor directing dissertation
Ryan, Scott, outside committee member
Mullis, Ron, committee member
McWey, Lenore, committee member
Department of Family and Child Sciences, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: There are currently over 500,000 children in foster care in the United States. Foster care places them at a high risk for immediate and long term psycho-social-educational problems. In an effort to prevent some of the immediate behavior problems in foster children, an innovative intervention referred to as Transitional Group Therapy (TGT) was developed. TGT combines developmentally appropriate therapeutic interventions, psycho-education, and play therapy in a group milieu to facilitate resiliency. This study is the first phase of a best practices approach in which TGT was tested for its feasibility with 11 first-placement foster children, ages 6-11. Its research and development methodology employed both qualitative and quantitative methods. A challenge to the implementation of this program included systemic barriers to recruiting participants. Qualitative data and quantitative pre and post testing on the Child Behavior Checklist and the Behavior and Emotional Rating Scale offered promise of the TGT'S effectiveness. This preventive intervention in time may be viewed as providing a "shot in the arm" to instill resiliency in first-placement foster children to help them survive their experience.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3189 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Family and Child Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: May 19, 2008.
Keywords: Interventions, Resiliency, Play Therapy, Group Therapy, Foster Children, Foster Care, Research And Development
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Robert E. Lee, Professor Directing Dissertation; Scott Ryan, Outside Committee Member; Ron Mullis, Committee Member; Lenore McWey, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Social service
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Craven, P. A. (2008). The Effectiveness of Transitional Group Therapy: Promoting Resiliency in Foster Children. Retrieved from