Candidate: Carmen Colleen Baldus
Doctor of Education
Of the forty-three
families from the rural counties in central Michigan who participated,
SFI data were completed on 121 individuals. Groups 1 and 2 took both
pre- and posttests to determine differences in health/competence, style,
conflict, and parenting stress. Groups 3 and 4 took only the post-test.
A one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was computed to determine if
there was a significant difference between the groups on the health/competence,
style, and conflict scales. The ANOVA did not detect a statistically
significant difference at the .05 level on measures of health/competence,
style, or conflict between families who participated in Group Family
Play and families who did not participate.
The ANOVA was not applied to the data received on the PSI due to a limited parent sample. Instead, a two-tailed t test was computed to look at the difference between the mean scores of parents who participated in Group Family Play (Groups 1 and 3 combined) and parents who did not participate (Groups 2 and 4 combined). The t test did not result in a statistically significant difference at the .05 level on the PSI between parents who participated in Group Family Play and parents who did not participate.
There was little attrition following the introduction of the Group Family Play experiences even though families were required to attend a minimum of five of the seven sessions. Despite lack of statistical significance, written comments were uniformly positive. Families found participation in family play fun, a positive way to spend time together, and an experience that brought about insight and change.
Further research is recommended to look at the use of Group Family Play for more defined populations and with different instrumentation. Also recommended is study of family play as a therapeutic technique used in conjunction with therapy.
concerning the study of family play and its relationship to gender,
age, and population are also discussed.
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