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Gestalt therapy approaches with aggressive children in a day care setting
This research study was designed to evaluate whether or
not Gestalt therapy approaches could be used effectively
when intervening with aggressive acts in a day care
setting. Five focus children were observed at timed
intervals as to whether or not they were aggressive, how
the caretaker intervened, and how the children responded
to the caretaker intervention. After a baseline of
aggressive acts was established, caretakers were trained
to use Gestalt therapy intervention methods. Comparisons
were made to establish whether there were fewer aggressive
acts after Gestalt therapy intervention methods were used
and if the children responded more positively to these
intervention methods. This study suggests that Gestalt
therapy intervention methods could be used in a day care
setting to effectively deal with childrenâ s aggression.