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Examining play behaviors of children with internalized emotional disturbances in preschool context: A systematic literature review
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, CHILD. (CHILD)
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Child initiated play appears as a means for children to express their inner world and personality and works as a milestone promoting their overall development. Internalized emotional disturbances constrain children’s functioning and have an impact on their general behavior, hindering their development. Most of the times, it appears challenging for teachers to identify a child with internalizing problems in the preschool classroom and most interventions are targeting children with externalized problems. Since play is a way for children to express, observations of children’s behavior while playing, provide information about their inner thoughts and concerns. The aim of the present study was to identify play behaviors and tendencies in types of play that children with typical and atypical internalized emotional disturbances show in free play situations in preschool. A systematic literature review was conducted in order to reach this goal. Six articles were included in which five internalized emotional disturbances were mentioned -one typical and four atypical. Findings revealed eight overt play behaviors, with prevalent these of non-play, solitary-passive behavior, unconscious play activity and desire for peer play but no attempt for it. Regarding engagement in play types, children exhibiting internalized problems were more prone to constructive and creative play and less engaged in symbolic play, which can be possible indicator of developmental delays. This study works as a tool for professionals in order to identify play behaviors of children with internalized emotional disturbances in preschool child initiated play. Subsequently, the findings assist interventionists on providing adequate support and clinicians on shedding light on the dubious field of emotional and behavioral disorders in early childhood.

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2017. , 56 p.
Keyword [en]
preschool, internalized emotional disturbances, play behaviors, child initiated play
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Educational Sciences Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35675ISRN: JU-HLK-SBU-2-20170017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-35675DiVA: diva2:1104144
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HLK, Child Studies
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Available from: 2017-06-02 Created: 2017-05-31 Last updated: 2017-06-02Bibliographically approved

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