Short-term group therapy for homeless children: A case study

Liliana Mantilla Velez (2004)

The purpose of this study was to explore the benefits of a short term therapeutic group in reducing mental health symptoms among children living in a shelter. This study also looked at mothers' perceptions of how this group affected their children's quality of life and their ability to cope with living at the shelter. Three mothers whose children were between the ages of five and seven, and who were involved in the short term group conducted at the shelter were asked to participate in this study. A qualitative methodology was employed. Data was collected through semi-structured-interviews with mothers. In addition, Scale III and Scale VIII of the parent form in Child Behavior Checklist (Achenbach, 1991) were filled out along with a demographic information sheet. Results suggest that participating in the group was beneficial for the children. Overall, mothers reported a positive change in their children's behavior. However, the results of the scales were inconsistent, as some of the symptoms increased while others decreased.