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The role of group play therapy in improving adolescents’ social interaction

Nazri, Eiryeen Nathasya and Ahmad, Noorlila and Ahmad, Norhakimah Khaiessa and Abu Bakar, Abu Yazid (2022) The role of group play therapy in improving adolescents’ social interaction. Creative Education, 13 (10). pp. 3364-3373. ISSN 2151-4755 E-ISSN 2151-4771

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The global pandemic Covid-19 is affecting individuals’ health, physically and financially. During the outbreak, a state of lockdown significantly impacted adolescents’ social interaction. Being alone is a common phenomenon. How- ever, avoiding social interaction due to low self-esteem or insecurities even- tually will lead to psychological problems in the long run. Hence, this re- search has a two-fold view. First, to improve communication skills using group play therapy, and to enhance adolescents’ acceptance in building new relationships with others and their age group. This research employed an ac- tion research process from the cycle process planning until the reflecting stage from two volunteer adolescents and referred by the class teachers. This study examines group play therapy through five-session activities to trigger social interaction during ice breaking, expressing feelings, sharing a common interest, friendship chains, and values others. Throughout the sessions, it was found that adolescents developed their social interaction with new people in- volving communication skills. In fact, self-acceptance was constructed based on analyzing the participants’ and friends’ revelations in the interviews. Thus, it can be implied from the research findings that group play therapy im- proved positive social interaction and was used to avoid social awkwardness.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Play Therapy, Self-Esteem, Social Interaction, Communication Skills, Adolescent
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050.9 Educational psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1705 Education and training of teachers
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC65 Social aspects of education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Dr Noorlila Ahmad
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2022 08:44
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2022 08:44
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/101178

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