Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Elizabeth Kellogg


Anxiety causes a high percentage of behavioral concerns and struggles in school aged children and it has become one of the most prevalent psychological disorders in adults (Bernstein, 2016). If left untreated, anxiety negatively influences children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development, which continues into adulthood. Children with anxiety tend to demonstrate excessive inflexibility, avoidant tendencies, and an intense need to control situations that they perceive as intimidating (Kra-Oz & Shorer, 2017). The purpose of this literature review is to examine anxiety in latency-aged children and the current practices in treating childhood anxiety. This will also examine gradual exposure therapy through art and play as a mode of treatment to alleviate symptoms of anxiety. Since play and art are two inherent languages of children and have been proven to be effective therapeutic methods for reducing symptoms of anxiety, these modalities can be helpful in alleviating anxiety in children (Khadar, 2013). In this literature review, I narrate the therapeutic relationship between art therapy, exposure therapy through play, and students with anxiety in uncomfortable situations.

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