Special Issue "Children’s Play: Contributions to Health and Development"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Children's Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2023) | Viewed by 17443
Interests: child health; child development; children's psychology; social interaction; physical interaction
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All disciplines with an interest in children’s health and development need to understand children’s play. Children’s play has been studied in areas as diverse as cognition, physical activity, educational achievement, the development of myopia, and child-friendly cities. Although children’s play is acknowledged as an important contributor to lifelong health and development, concerns have been raised about reductions in opportunities available to children, particularly for outdoor play involving risk.
Opportunities for children to play and the associated benefits are related to the environments, policies, and experiences available. For example, the benefits are different for children who play in natural environments with minimal restrictions compared to children who mainly engage in structured play and have limited access to nature. Policies that restrict children’s play, such as those with an excessive emphasis on safety, may also reduce the potential benefits.
Despite a large body of research with a focus on children’s play, significant gaps in knowledge continue to exist. There are variations in measurement, for example, that make it difficult to conduct systematic reviews. Concerns have also been raised that there may be a tendency to overstate the importance of play in children’s development based on available evidence.
The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together evidence from a wide range of disciplines to advance the understanding of the contributions of play to children’s health and development. High-quality primary studies, secondary data analyses, and reviews with a focus on children (birth to 18 years) and/or adults within the play context are welcome.
Dr. Shirley Wyver
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- outdoor play
- indoor play
- structured play
- unstructured play
- risky play
- nature play
- play pedagogy
- play curriculum