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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
JSST. 2017;8(1): 35-52.         doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.170002
The Effects of Sandplay Therapy on Internalized Shame and Self-expression of Children of Alcoholics
Gyoung hee Na1, and Mikyung Jang2
1Play therapist, Gonggam Play and Development Center
2Professor, Department of Child Welfare at Namseoul University
Corresponding Author: Gyoung hee Na ,Email: gyoungheena@gmail.com
Received: April 30, 2017; Revised: June 2, 2017   Accepted: June 10, 2017.  Published online: June 30, 2017.
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ABSTRACT
The study investigated how the sand play therapy reduces the internalized shame, which the children of alcoholics would have inside, but improves the children's self-expression. The children of alcoholics are understood to feel several emotions as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, shame and anger. They generally try not to expose their problems caused by alcohol and other dysfunctions of their families as they either go silent with those problems or pretend that they do not have the problems at all from the beginning. Because of that, however, the children of alcoholics come to have a hard time with building up close relationships with others. In that regard, the study looked into how the sand play therapy could reduce the internalized shame of those children of alcoholics but improve their self-expression which would eventually help the children to be healthy both psychologically and socially. What the study has learned during the therapy is summarized as follows. First, the sand play therapy turned out to be efficient in reducing the internalized shame of the children of alcoholics. Second, the sand play therapy improved the self-expression of the children of alcoholics.
Keywords: sandplay therapy | internalized shame | self-expression | children of alcoholics
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