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Sandplay : a comparative study Cockle, Susan M.


Differences in play themes, play characteristics, object use, and narratives, of coping and difficulty coping children were examined. Five subjects, from grades 2 and 3, were each assigned to the coping group (CG) and difficulty coping group (DCG). They participated individually in sandplay, on four separate occasions, over a two month period. The primary purpose of this study was to determine the differences in sandplay of the two groups, in order to determine the assessment and therapeutic value of this technique. Qualitative analysis indicated that the CG tend to view their world as more balanced, vital, and organized, where others guide them, and they are safe. They show resourcefulness in dealing with adversity and have hope for the future. The DCG tend to perceive their world as barren, a struggle, and consisting of threat and danger. They tend to lack resourcefulness in dealing with adversity and have a lack of hope for the future.

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