Comparative Effectiveness of Holding Therapy with Aggressive Children

  title={Comparative Effectiveness of Holding Therapy with Aggressive Children},
  author={Robin Myeroff and Gary Mertlich and Jim Gross},
  journal={Child Psychiatry and Human Development},
This study was undertaken to assess the effects of holding therapy on children who have a history of aggressive and delinquent behaviors. The study design was a prospective, pre-post, quasi-experimental controlled study. The subjects were recruited through the Attachment Center at Evergreen, Colorado. Eligible subjects were adopted children between the ages of 5–14 years, living in the present adopted home for at least one year. All children had a history of aggressive and delinquent behaviors… 

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