In order to facilitate the participation of children with emotional disorders, a letter (see Appendix E) describing the research was sent to the appropriate directors and administrators of clinics and treatment facilities in the region. That letter was followed by phone contact requesting participation of their staff. Private practitioners were contacted in a similar fashion. If their response was positive, further inquiries were made requesting that the therapist explore the interest of their adolescent patients in the study. A brief description of the study was given to the patient and his or her parents, and then the researcher contacted the parents by letter (see Appendix F) to introduce himself. The purpose and intent of the study was stated as “an effort to learn more about children’s dreams”; permission for the child to participate was requested. If permission was granted, the child was asked if he or she would meet with the researcher to discuss participation in a study about his or her dreams. A written consent specifying the nature of the study and the adolescent’s role in it was signed at that time (see Appendix G).
KeywordsDevelopmental Level Private Practitioner Dream Content Developmental Functioning Custodial Parent
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