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Shen, Yih-Jiun; Ramirez, Sylvia Z.; Kranz, Peter L.; Tao, Xinhua; Ji, Yuanhong – American Journal of Play, 2018
The growing interest in addressing the mental health needs of Chinese children through play therapy calls for an understanding of the cultural roots and norms of Chinese families. To help professionals succeed in this traditionally Western treatment when providing cross-cultural play therapy, the authors make recommendations concerning the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mental Health, Play Therapy, Cultural Influences
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Mechling, Jay – American Journal of Play, 2016
For Sigmund Freud, the terms "dreamwork" and "jokework" denoted the process by which the mind displaces social and psychological anxieties and permits them to emerge disguised in dreams and jokes. This article posits a similar process for "sandwork." Examining the ways people play with sand in its three basic…
Descriptors: Play, Playground Activities, Reflection, Children
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Phillips, Anne K. – American Journal of Play, 2010
Nineteenth-century literature offers insights into the history and sociology of play in American life. Louisa May Alcott's novel "Little Women" contains especially rich period depictions of childhood games and amusements and provides some of the earliest scenes of American girls at play. The author discusses the various depictions of…
Descriptors: Novels, Play, Toys, Games
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Forman-Brunell, Miriam; Eaton, Julie – American Journal of Play, 2009
The authors investigate the nearly ubiquitous cultural icon for girls' play, the princess. They survey historical instances of princess play from the beginning of the American republic to the New Millennium, look at the literature concerning princesses in various periods, and discuss the individual recollections about princess play of a number of…
Descriptors: Play, Females, Imagination, United States History
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Eberle, Scott G. – American Journal of Play, 2009
Play often rewards us with a thrill or a sense of wonder. But, just over the edge of play, uncanny objects like dolls, automata, robots, and realistic animations may become monstrous rather than marvelous. Drawing from diverse sources, literary evidence, psychological and psychoanalytic theory, new insights in neuroscience, marketing literature,…
Descriptors: Play, Emotional Response, Psychological Patterns, Psychology