Toy guns in play therapy: An examination of play therapists' beliefs

Amanda Winburn, Suzanne M. Dugger, Jennifer Austin Main

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Scopus citations


This chapter explores current trends related to play therapists' beliefs related to the decision of whether to include toy guns, as aggression-release toys, in the playroom. This issue is especially timely given the recent epidemic of mass shootings and heightened concerns about gun violence. The chapter presents the results of an original empirical study examining play therapists' views about gun violence and gun control; play therapist beliefs about aggressive play and toy guns; and play therapist practices with regard to toy selection and limit-setting. Recommendations for future research are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmerging Research in Play Therapy, Child Counseling, and Consultation
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781522522263
ISBN (Print)1522522247, 9781522522249
StatePublished - Jan 18 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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