Children at Play

Children at Play : Clinical and Developmental Approaches to Meaning and Representation

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As they play, children do more than imagine-they also invent life-long approaches to thinking, feeling, and relating to other people. For nearly a century, clinical psychologists have been concerned with the content and interpersonal meaning of play. More recently, developmental psychologists have concentrated on the links between the emergence of symbolic play and evolving thought and language. At last, this volume bridges the gap between the two disciplines by defining their common interests and by developing areas of interface and interrelatedness. The editors have brought together original chapters by distinguished psychoanalysts, clinical psychologists, social workers, and developmental psychologists who shed light on topics outside the traditional confines of their respective domains. Thus the book features clinicians exploring subjects such as play representation, narrative, metaphor, and symbolization, and developmentalists examining questions regarding affect, social development, conflict, and psychopathology. Taken together, the contributors offer a rich, integrative view of the many dimensions of early play as it occurs among peers, between parent and child, and in the context of more

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 153.2 x 232.7 x 22.4mm | 471.74g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • i
  • 0195129121
  • 9780195129120
  • 664,722

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"This book successfully integrates clinical and developmental approaches to children's symbolic play."-Book Notices "Successfully integrates clinical and developmental approaches to children's symbolic play."-Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography, 1995 "The present book provides an important integration on both theoretical and practical grounds. The tasks at hand are to widen the developmental base about play and the role of mutual regulation across cultures, to generate empirical evidence for the interdependence between cognition and affect, and to incorporate experimental rigor in designing intervention studies." - Contemporary Psychology "Slade and Wolf's well-edited text brings important strengths to the descriptive study of the uses of play and also highlights what it is that we have yet to learn about this vitally important human activity. ... It is coherent, despite the diversity of opinion and experience expressed by the writers, and the styles are relatively consistent . ... If you are going to have one text in your library devoted to the understanding of children and play, this is the one to have because of its depth, clinical scope and appropriate anchoring in research." - Journal of the American Academy of Adolescent Psychiatryshow more

Table of contents

PART I: AFFECT IN SYMBOLISM ; 1. A Quantitative Approach to the Clinical Assessment of 2- to 4-year-olds ; 2. The Relationship Between Anxiety and Pretend Play ; 3. Play, Cure, and Development: A Developmental Perspective on the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Young Children ; 4. Constructing Metaphors: The Role of Symbolization in the Treatment of Children ; 5. Making Meaning and Making Believe: Their Role in The Clinical process ; PART II: RELATIONSHIPS AND SYMBOLIZATION ; 6. The Leaving Game, or I'll Play You and You'll Play Me: The Emergence of the Capacity for Dramatic Role Play in Two-year-olds ; 7. Self-Other Action Play: A Window into the Representational World of the Infant ; 8. Play: A Context for Mutual Regulation Within Mother-Child Interaction ; PART III: DIFFERENCES AND DISTORTIONS IN SYMBOLIC FUNCTIONING ; 9. Windows on Social Worlds: Gender Differences in Children's Play Narratives ; 10. He's a Nice Alligator: Observations on the Affective Organization of Pretense ; 11. Symbolic Development in Children with Down Syndrome and in Children with Autism ; 12. Development of Symbolic Play of Deaf Children Ages One to Three ; 13. Play and Narrative in Inhibited Children ; 14. Symbolic Play in the Interactions of Young Children and their Mothers with a History of Affective Illness ; INDEXshow more

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