Title

Life-Span Pretend Play in Two Communities

Publication Date

7-3-2014

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Two studies sought to determine if pretend play has occurred throughout the lifespans of two communities of young Western adults. First, 10 improvisers were asked to define the words “play” and “pretend,” recount episodes of pretend play in their early childhood, elementary school, adolescence, and adulthood, and relate the benefits of their engagement in pretend play. Second, 49 graduate students answered open-ended and dichotomous-response questionnaire items modeled after the first study. In both studies, participants offered meanings of pretend and play that align with definitions of children's play and offered personal, life-span episodes and benefits of pretend play.

Publication Title

Mind, Culture, and Activity

Volume

21

Issue

3

First Page

200

Last Page

220

DOI

10.1080/10749039.2014.922584

Version

pre print, post print (with 18 month embargo)

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