Axline's study of Dibs

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1. What did Axline do 5 minutes before the end of the play therapy session with Dibs?

  • Left Dibs in the room by himself to talk with his parents
  • Told him that soon he would have to leave her to prepare him
  • Say goodbye to Dibs and get him to gather his stuff
  • Nothing
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2. What happened to Dibs' parents throughout the study?

  • They decided to put him up for adoption
  • They grew gradually more interested in their sons progress
  • They began to recognise that they had a role to play in this and so took a more active role
  • They grew tired and angry about Dibs' lack of progress

3. Is the study easily replicable and reliable?

  • No
  • Yes

4. Is the study generalisable?

  • No
  • Yes

5. What did Dibs' parents think the problems with Dibs were caused by?

  • Dislexia
  • Biological issues such as retardation
  • An inability to connect with others
  • Emotional stress


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