The field of play therapy is rapidly growing and has been recognized as an evidence-based practice. As the field continues to grow, there is an increasing need to examine publication trends in this field to better understand areas of strengths and potential for improvements. To accomplish this goal, we conducted a content analysis of play therapy articles that were published within the years 2008–2017. Publication trends revealed seven themes that all articles fell under, with the theory/approach theme having the most articles (44.6%). There were mixed results between research and non-research articles with some topics having more research articles and other topics having more non-research articles. Unfortunately, all topics severely lacked articles with a multicultural focus. Implications, limitations, and recommendations for future research are discussed.
Play Therapy Primary Areas:
Identify the most frequently published topics within the last 10 years in four academic journals.
Discuss the number of research vs. non-research articles published within the last 10 years in four academic journals.
Discuss the number of multicultural vs. non-multicultural articles published within the last 10 years in four academic journals.