Children at Play: Clinical and Developmental Approaches to by Arietta Slade, Dennie Palmer Wolf

By Arietta Slade, Dennie Palmer Wolf

As they play, childrens do greater than imagine--they additionally invent life-long methods to considering, feeling, and on the subject of folks. for almost a century, scientific psychologists were interested in the content material and interpersonal which means of play. extra lately, developmental psychologists have focused on the hyperlinks among the emergence of symbolic play and evolving inspiration and language. ultimately, this quantity bridges the space among the 2 disciplines via defining their universal pursuits and by way of constructing components of interface and interrelatedness. The editors have introduced jointly unique chapters through unique psychoanalysts, scientific psychologists, social employees, and developmental psychologists who make clear themes outdoor the conventional confines in their respective domain names. therefore the ebook positive factors clinicians exploring topics akin to play illustration, narrative, metaphor, and symbolization, and developmentalists studying questions relating to have an effect on, social improvement, clash, and psychopathology. Taken jointly, the members supply a wealthy, integrative view of the numerous dimensions of early play because it happens between friends, among father or mother and baby, and within the context of treatment.

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It seemed that this action was the prelude to novel representational play that was never carried out due to the mother's intervention. In spite of the mother's lack of permissiveness in play, Jelain sought her out as a partner. In 60% of the symbolic play sequences, she participated as her real self in the interaction, and in 20% he asked her for help or information. Interestingly, he did not use her as a "refueling station," a common use of the mother's presence at this age. Jelain's use of language reflected his social orientation.

The Theoretical Functions of Anxiety-Invoked Play Although the various functions of play described in contemporary reviews seem somewhat disparate, they can be thought of as falling on a continuum from direct mastery attempts to an avoidance of direct mastery (Ellis, 1973; Rubin, Fein, & Vandenberg, 1983; Singer, 1973). Although not mutually exclusive, there are essentially three alternative play actions on this continuum that are available for a child in dealing with anxiety: to directly repeat an anxiety-provoking situation, to modify the situation or its outcome, or to avoid the situation entirely.

As a result, their exchanges had little spontaneity. Mrs. Malcolm constantly interrupted Jelain's play to draw his attention to herself or to toys that interested her; she also constantly monitored his activities and directed him to play in specific ways when his own play was not clear to her. This regimentation resulted in a very restricted imaginative life for Jelain, although his cognitive performance was solidly at age level. In the videotaped free-play session with Jelain at 3 years of age, the incidence of representational play was quite low: only 5% of all 15-second intervals.

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