Play therapy as a diagnostic tool in rural families in Mexico

Play therapy as a diagnostic tool in rural families in Mexico

Becerril Pérez María Santos1, Cervantes Bazán Karla Alejandra1, Sánchez Escobedo Pedro2* & Esquivel Ancona María Fayne1

1Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
2Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán.

The role of play therapy as a research tool is examined after its use in a project directed to study family with at least one migrant member in deprived rural contexts in Mexico. Eighteen families were approached throughout home visits as part of social support services. Videos of the interaction with family members by using play therapy techniques were analyzed with the purpose to establish its advantages and limitations to collect information about the family dynamics. It was found that play therapy is an effective research tool in family studies, since this is a non-intrusive way to elicit feelings, spontaneous behaviors, and change in the family dynamics. Some of the advantages and limitations of this technique are further discussed eliciting practical guidelines for its use.

Keywords: Play therapy; Family dynamics; Research tools

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Becerril Pérez María Santos, Cervantes Bazán Karla Alejandra, Sánchez Escobedo Pedro, Esquivel Ancona María Fayne. Play therapy as a diagnostic tool in rural families in Mexico. International Journal of Psychological Research and Reviews, 2020; 3:43. DOI: 10.28933/ijprr-2020-11-1905


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