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Play in Middle Childhood: Everyday Play Behaviour and Associated Emotions

Howard, J. and Miles, G.E. and Rees-Davies, Laura and Bertenshaw, E.J. (2017) Play in Middle Childhood: Everyday Play Behaviour and Associated Emotions. Children and Society. ISSN 0951-0605, Online: 1099-0860 (In Press)

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Abstract

Children’s reports about their play in middle childhood and the emotions they associate with play have received limited research attention. Using focus groups, this study asked 38 children in the UK about what, where and with whom they played. They were also asked how play made them feel. Children reported a wide range of play behaviours, with outdoor and traditional games being just as prominently mentioned as play with electronic devices. The emotional importance of play in middle childhood was apparent, with children associating play with strong positive emotions, and not being able to play with negative emotions and anxiety.

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This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Play in Middle Childhood: Everyday Play Behaviour and Associated Emotions, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/chso.12208/epdf This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

Uncontrolled Keywords: child development, health & well-being, middle childhood, play
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Copyright Info: Open Access article
Depositing User: Laura Rees-Davies
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2017 09:02
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2017 10:19
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5326

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