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ERIC Number: EJ888023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0175
Preschool Pretend Play Behaviors and Early Adolescent Creativity
Mullineaux, Paula Y.; Dilalla, Lisabeth F.
Journal of Creative Behavior, v43 n1 p41-57 2009
Individual differences in creativity across the lifespan have been identified, but little research has focused on the development of creativity during early adolescence. This project examined individual differences on two measures of creativity in early adolescence as well as the predictability of adolescent creativity from pretend play behaviors during the preschool years. Realistic role-play behavior was assessed at age 5 for 127 children who later completed two creative thinking tasks (TCT-DP and the Alternative Uses Measure) when the children were 10-15 years of age. Realistic role-play when the children were age 5 significantly predicted their scores during early adolescence on the Alternative Uses Measure but not the TCT-DP. Significant sex differences were found for amount of time engaged in realistic role-play at age 5 and performance on the TCT-DP, with girls engaging in more role-play at age 5 and scoring higher on the TCT-DP during early adolescence than boys. No sex differences were observed for the Alternative Uses Measure. These results suggest that preschool role-play behaviors represent early creativity and are tapping aspects of creativity development that are manifested in early adolescence. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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