first_pagesettingsOrder Article Reprints Open AccessArticle Post-Traumatic Play in Child Victims of Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Pilot Study with the MCAST—Manchester Child Attachment Story Task and the Coding of PTCP Markers by Daniela D’Elia,Luna CarpinelliORCID andGiulia Savarese *ORCID Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Scuola Medica Salernitana”, University of Salerno, 84081 Baronissi, Italy * Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Children 2022, 9(12), 1991; https://doi.org/10.3390/children9121991 (registering DOI) Received: 11 November 2022 / Revised: 1 December 2022 / Accepted: 16 December 2022 / Published: 18 December 2022 (This article belongs to the Special Issue Child Abuse and Neglect) Download Review Reports Versions Notes Abstract Background: Play is among the most frequently observed distorted behaviors in victims of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Terr’s (1981) studies helped to describe this behavioral distortion as post-traumatic child’s play (PTCP). This study aimed to evaluate whether child victims of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) engaging in semi-structured play present the markers of post-traumatic child’s play (PTCP) during the administration of the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task (MCAST), whose playful stories activate the attachment system. Methods: The sample comprised 17 child victims of ACEs (mean age = 6.76). Children were evaluated using the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task. Results: The analysis of the play clearly revealed the presence of markers associated with the characteristics of the post-traumatic play described by Terr (1981), namely, repetition, revisiting, hyperarousal, and danger. In particular, the intrusiveness dimension was observed, which can be identified in the post-traumatic play by the presence of recurrent memories, dreams, and dissociative symptoms. Conclusions: Post-traumatic play is characterized by repetition, containing aspects, scenes, or sequences of the traumatic event, expressed explicitly or symbolically.

Post-Traumatic Play in Child Victims of Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Pilot Study with the MCAST—Manchester Child Attachment Story Task and the Coding of PTCP Markers

d'Elia D.;Carpinelli L.;Savarese G.
2022-01-01

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first_pagesettingsOrder Article Reprints Open AccessArticle Post-Traumatic Play in Child Victims of Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Pilot Study with the MCAST—Manchester Child Attachment Story Task and the Coding of PTCP Markers by Daniela D’Elia,Luna CarpinelliORCID andGiulia Savarese *ORCID Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry “Scuola Medica Salernitana”, University of Salerno, 84081 Baronissi, Italy * Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Children 2022, 9(12), 1991; https://doi.org/10.3390/children9121991 (registering DOI) Received: 11 November 2022 / Revised: 1 December 2022 / Accepted: 16 December 2022 / Published: 18 December 2022 (This article belongs to the Special Issue Child Abuse and Neglect) Download Review Reports Versions Notes Abstract Background: Play is among the most frequently observed distorted behaviors in victims of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Terr’s (1981) studies helped to describe this behavioral distortion as post-traumatic child’s play (PTCP). This study aimed to evaluate whether child victims of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) engaging in semi-structured play present the markers of post-traumatic child’s play (PTCP) during the administration of the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task (MCAST), whose playful stories activate the attachment system. Methods: The sample comprised 17 child victims of ACEs (mean age = 6.76). Children were evaluated using the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task. Results: The analysis of the play clearly revealed the presence of markers associated with the characteristics of the post-traumatic play described by Terr (1981), namely, repetition, revisiting, hyperarousal, and danger. In particular, the intrusiveness dimension was observed, which can be identified in the post-traumatic play by the presence of recurrent memories, dreams, and dissociative symptoms. Conclusions: Post-traumatic play is characterized by repetition, containing aspects, scenes, or sequences of the traumatic event, expressed explicitly or symbolically.
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