RESEARCH NOTE: YOUNG CHILDREN'S RESOLUTION OF DISTRESS THROUGH PLAY

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Abstract

Summary It has been suggested that play is important to the young child as a means of resolving a distressing experience. Pre‐school children were observed as they exhibited distress on the first day of school. High‐ and low‐anxiety children were allowed either the opportunity for free play or participation in a story‐reading session, each of which was performed in either the presence or absence of peers. The anxious children in the play condition were found to decrease in distress and their play was more solitary and imaginative in nature compared to other conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-483
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1984

Keywords

  • child development
  • play
  • play and distress
  • theories of play

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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