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Children's play

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This paper draws upon research from a number of disciplines to examine the significance of children's play. It concludes that play may well be central to normal personality development. However, its place in contemporary Western society is not secure, perhaps risking the development and well-being of urban and disadvantaged children in particular.

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Author(s): McArdle P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Child: Care, Health and Development

Year: 2001

Volume: 27

Issue: 6

Pages: 509-514

ISSN (print): 0305-1862

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2214

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2214.2001.00230.x


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