Parent-child relationships in a homeless shelter: Promoting play
MetadataShow full item record
Giesler, F., Wineberg, L. & Mader, L. (2014). Parent-child relationships in a homeless shelter: Promoting play. The Advanced Generalist: Social Work Research Journal, 1(2), p 52-63.
The challenges faced by families with young children who are homeless as well as the resources available to them have changed very little in the past 25 years since the passing of the McKinney Vento Act. Homeless children are at great risk for negative outcomes. This study examined the efficacy of the implementation of an evidence-based treatment intervention: Filial Play Therapy, to mediate the negative impacts of shelter living. A standardized, evidence-based curriculum, which promotes positive attachment between parent and child, decreases stress for both parent and child, and increases self-esteem in children was implemented with six homeless parents at a homeless shelter. The results of this intervention are reported and suggest recommendations for future research.