Boingy Project Research

Initial Stages

During the initial phase of the Boingy Project (from December 2016 to June 2017), a study was done by the psychologist at La Casa del Niño Hospital in Cartagena. She found that, after the children were given stuffed animals, they reacted as shown below.

Sample

  • Ten boys
  • Ten girls
  • Ranging from 3-11 years of age

Emotional Changes

  • More stable emotional states
  • Functional management of mental health (positive, hopeful, greater will to live and continue with treatment)
  • The stuffed animal acts as an external motivator
  • Increase in shows of affection to themselves and others
  • Increase in responsiveness to affection and manifestation of affectionate actions with peers

Behavioral Changes

  • Decreased crying and resistance when admitted to the hospital
  • Greater adaptation to hospital routine
  • Decrease in aggression
  • Better interaction with other children in treatment
  • Greater care of belongings and of the stuffed bunny itself

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Affection

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Comfort

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Security

  • Affection 50% 50%
  • Comfort 25% 25%
  • Security 25% 25%

The Results Were Amazing

In teenagers, the results were even more eye-opening. When research was conducted with two teenagers ranging from  12-14 years of age, we observed the following results:

 

  • Recognition of their emotions and feelings.
  • Have an easier time expressing their emotions.
  • Self-regulation in regards to managing frustration towards their sickness and treatment.
  • Greater acceptance of their condition.
  • More ready to face treatment.
  • Care for their belongings and their stuffed animal.

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