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

Paperback | March 1, 1999

EditorArietta Slade, Dennie Palmer Wolf

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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, developmentalpsychologists 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 havebrought 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 playrepresentation, 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 therapy.

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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, developmentalpsychologists have concentrated on the links between the...

Arietta Slade is at City University of New York. Dennie Palmer Wolf is at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195129121

ISBN - 13:9780195129120

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ContributorsI AFFECT IN SYMBOLIZATION1. Stanley I. Greenspan and Alicia F. Lieberman: Representational Elaboration and Differentiation: A Clinical-Quantitative Approach to the Clinical Assessment of 2- to 4-Year-Olds2. Malcolm W. Watson: The Relation Between Anxiety and Pretend Play3. W. George Scarlett: Play, Cure, and Development: A Developmental Perspective on the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Young Children4. Jan Drucker: Constructing Metaphors: The Role of Symbolization in the Treatment of Children5. Arietta Slade: Making Meaning and Making Believe: Their Role in the Clinical ProcessII RELATIONSHIPS AND SYMBOLIZATION6. Elsa First: The Leaving Game, or I'll Play You and You Play Me: The Emergence of Dramatic Role Play in 2-Year-Olds7. Anni Bergman and Ilene Sackler Lefcourt: Self-Other Action Play: A Window into the Representational World of the Infant8. Lorraine McCune, Donna DiPane, Ruth Fireoved, and Mary Fleck: Play: A Context for Mutual Regulation within Mother-Child InteractionIII DIFFERENCES AND DISTORTIONS IN SYMBOLIC FUNCTIONING9. Louisa B. Tarullo: Windows on Social Worlds: Gender Differences in Children's Play Narratives10. Greta G. Fein and Patricia Kinney: He's a Nice Alligator: Observations on the Affective Organization of Pretense11. Dante Cicchetti, Marjorie Beeghly, and Bedonna Weiss-Perry: Symbolic Development in Children with Down Syndrome and in Children with Autism: An Organizational, Developmental Psychopathology Perspective12. Elsa J. Blum, Barbara C. Fields, Helen Scharfman, and Diana M. Silber: Development of Symbolic Play of Deaf Children Aged 1 to 313. Lou-Marie Kruger and Dennie Palmer Wolf: Play and Narrative in Inhibited Children: A Longitudinal Case Study14. Elizabeth C. Tingley: Symbolic Play in the Interactions of Young Children and Their Mothers with a History of Affective Illness: A Longitudinal StudyIndex

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"This book successfully integrates clinical and developmental approaches to children's symbolic play."--Book Notices