Date of Award
Graduate Field Experience
Master Of Arts In Urban Education
Colleges & School
College Of Education And Leadership
Library of Congress Subject Heading
Bibliotherapy for children; Behavior modification
As preschoolers develop social competence, they learn to play together and respect the emotions of their peers. The use of relational aggression (harming others by excluding or threatening to exclude them from social interaction) can hamper this development, negatively affecting both victims and perpetrators. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of two types of narrative interventions, bibliotherapy and photo-talks, on the use of relational aggression among preschoolers. During the intervention, four preschoolers participated in bibliotherapy and photo-talk sessions focused on four positive social skills: using feeling words, including others in play, sharing, and cooperating. Data were collected daily during the participants’ 30-minute center time; instances of relational aggression, instances of targeted positive social behaviors, and the language used by the participants were recorded on tally sheets and in anecdotal notes. The results support the use of bibliotherapy and photo-talks to decrease relational aggression among preschoolers.
Smith, Eleanor, "Narrative interventions as a strategy for reducing relational aggression among preschoolers" (2012). Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects. 412.
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