Boingy Project Research
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.
- Ten boys
- Ten girls
- Ranging from 3-11 years of age
- More stable emotional states
- Functional management of mental health (positive, hopeful,
greaterwill 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
- 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
- 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.