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In this attempt to cover all aspects of children's make-believe, the authors examine how imaginative play begins and develops, from the infant's first smiles to the toddler's engagement in social pretend play. They provide examples and research evidence on the young child's invocation of imaginary friends, the adolescent's daring, rule-governed games, and the adult's private imagery and inner thought. In chapters that should be important to parents and policymakers, the authors discuss television and the imagination, the healing function of play, and the effects of playfulness and creativity throughout the life span.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674408753
ISBN-10: 0674408756
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-1992
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dorothy G. Singer

Dorothy G. Singer is Senior Research Scientist in the Psychology Department at Yale University, where she co-directs the Yale Family Television Research and Consultation Center. Jerome L. Singer is Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department at Yale University, where he co-directs the Yale Family Television Research and Consultation Center.

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