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                            University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange
	5-2010
Client-Centered Play Therapy with an Elderly Assisted Living Facility Resident
	Angela M. Fuss
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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative
Exchange

Doctoral Dissertations Graduate School

5-2010

Client-Centered Play Therapy with an Elderly
Assisted Living Facility Resident
Angela M. Fuss
University of Tennessee - Knoxville, [email protected]

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2010.
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CHAPTER FOUR: RESULTS

Introduction

In preparation for the presentation of findings in this chapter, an initial review of the

purpose, research questions, and methods involved in the study are provided. The purpose of

this study was to describe the process of Client-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) with an elderly

assisted living (AL) facility resident. In accordance with this purpose, one resident participated

in 12 individual CCPT sessions that were video taped. Each session was 45 minutes in length,

during which the resident was offered the opportunity to interact with a large variety of toys

brought to his room in the facility. The researcher was interested in obtaining data regarding the

following research questions:

1. What play behaviors will the resident exhibit in CCPT sessions?

2. To what extent will play behaviors exhibited by the resident follow the

identified stages of CCPT as defined by the theoretical framework of Nordling

and Guerney (1999)?

3. Will there be any observable therapeutic benefits exhibited by the resident as a

result of CCPT?

4. How will the resident describe his CCPT experience after termination?

Multiple sources of data were utilized in order to obtain information regarding each

research question. Data sources included the following: observational session notes for each

individual CCPT session as recorded by the researcher and three experienced observers, pre- and

post-interviews with the participant and a facility administrator, pre- and post-administrations of

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Appendix D: Geriatric Depression Scale Short Form

Choose the best answer for how you have felt over the past week:

1. Are you basically satisfied with your life? YES / NO

2. Have you dropped many of your activities and interests? YES / NO

3. Do you feel that your life is empty? YES / NO

4. Do you often get bored? YES / NO

5. Are you in good spirits most of the time? YES / NO

6. Are you afraid that something bad is going to happen to you? YES / NO

7. Do you feel happy most of the time? YES / NO

8. Do you often feel helpless? YES / NO

9. Do you prefer to stay at home, rather than going out and doing new things? YES / NO

10. Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most? YES / NO

11. Do you think it is wonderful to be alive now? YES / NO

12. Do you feel pretty worthless the way you are now? YES / NO

13. Do you feel full of energy? YES / NO

14. Do you feel that your situation is hopeless? YES / NO

15. Do you think that most people are better off than you are? YES / NO

Answers in bold indicate depression. Although differing sensitivities and specificities have
been obtained across studies, for clinical purposes a score > 5 points is suggestive of depression

and should warrant a follow-up interview. Scores > 10 are almost always depression.

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