Parents' Perceptions of Play-Therapeutic Interventions to Improve Coping Strategies of Liver-Transplanted Children: A Qualitative Study

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Abstract

It is challenging for families to cope with the multifaceted stressors that arise when a child has undergone liver transplantation. The aim of the present study was to investigate how coping strategies can be supported by play-therapeutic interventions. Semistructured interviews with parents of 9 live- transplanted children were conducted. The findings show that play-therapeutic interventions allowed liver-transplanted children to cope with their illnesses and with hospitalization more effectively. According to parents' perceptions, the play-therapeutic interventions helped children to overcome their fears; children learned to deal with emotional stress, and developed stable self-esteem.

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