Depression and Play in Early Childhood
Title
Depression and Play in Early Childhood
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€ 30,99
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9789085550952
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Paperback
Number of pages
108
Language
English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Preface and acknowledgements 7 1. General Introduction 9 2. Depression and Play in Early Childhood 27 3. Depression Markers in Young Children's Play 49 4. Teacher Ratings of Depression Markers in Young Children's Play 71 5. Summary, Conclusions, and General Discussion 89 Samenvatting en conclusies 99 Curriculum vitae 105

Annemieke Mol Lous

Depression and Play in Early Childhood

Depression in early childhood is an underestimated health problem which is known for its severity, endurance, and negative impact on the quality of life of children and their families. The lack of appropriate assessment procedures hinders early identification and therefore the possibilities for intervention and prevention. This dissertation includes three studies about markers of depression in play behavior of young children and the possibilities to use play observation procedures as an assessment tool for early identification of depression in 3- to 6-year old children. In the first two studies, depressed and nondepressed preschoolers were observed in a standardized play procedure including solitary free play, interactive free play, and play narratives with an adult researcher. Depressed children showed less play, and particularly less symbolic play than non-depressed children, and also more fragmented play behavior. This was most visible in play narratives, where induction of sad emotions had a severe dampening effect on depressed children's symbolic play. The third and last study shows that preschool teachers can use a play observation questionnaire, based on the outcomes of the observational studies, to recognize these markers of depression in children's everyday play behavior in the classroom. The findings of these studies offer new insights in the relationship between play and depression and the emotion regulation problems that negatively affect depressed children's play.
Author

Annemieke Mol Lous

Annemieke Mol Lous is a developmental psychologist and special educational psychologist. Since November 2009, she holds a position as Professor in Inclusive Education at Leiden University of Applied Sciences and Thomas More University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam. She also worked as a senior researcher at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and conducted her PhD research at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. Annemieke Mol Lous is connected to a wide range of (international) organizations and universities in the field of Education For All (UNESCO) and the wellbeing of children and young people.