Fairytales and Therapy: Using Fairytales in Assessing for Child Abuse
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
Child abuse claimed more than 1 million children as victims in 1994. The statistics of reported child abuse are rising every year and many of the social workers and therapists evaluating these victims are overloaded. This pilot study evaluates whether fairytales may be used in assessing for child abuse. A correlational study was conducted using children from both abused and non-abused backgrounds. All subjects completed six sessions, using directives revolving around fairytales. While statistically inconclusive due to the small sample size and short duration, marked differences were noted between the two groups. Accordingly, further research may be valuable if conclusive evidence could result in a non-intrusive assessment as well as continuing therapy with fairytales.
Haws, Kimberley, "Fairytales and Therapy: Using Fairytales in Assessing for Child Abuse" (1997). Art Therapy | Master's Theses in Print. 325.