skip to content

Click here to search our resources

PEDAL Hub: Resource Library

Bretherton, I. (1989) Pretense: The form and function of make-believe play (Journal Article)

Abstract:

This paper proposes that make-believe play expresses the young child's emerging capacity to engage in counterfactual or would-be thinking. Three important developments enable preschoolers to create joint make-believe worlds with others: the ability to (1) manage multiple roles as playwrights and actors, (2) invent novel plots, and (3) deliberately blur the boundary between reality and pretense. Given that joint make-believe play turns out to be such a complex representational activity, the question about its function raises itself more insistently than ever. Of the many social and cognitive functions that have been proposed, emotional mastery is the only one that could not equally be exercised in nonpretend contexts. There is evidence, however, that in nonclinical settings the well-adjusted, secure children are most able to benefit from the opportunity for emotional mastery offered by sociodramatic play, whereas less-well-adjusted, insecure children are not. This has important implications for the design of play interventions.

Author/s:
Date:
January 1989
Publisher or Journal:
Volume:
9
Page/s:
383-401
Synonyms:
  • Developmental outcomes
  • Literature review
  • Pretend play
Relevant age group/s:
Research discipline:

Fein, G. (1989) Mind, meaning, and affect: Proposals for a theory of pretense (Journal Article)

Abstract:

The present paper develops a theoretical framework for the study of pretense as a symbolic system designed to serve affective functions. The first part of the paper presents a review of three theories which acknowledge the affective function of pretense and constitute the background for the theory proposed in this paper. The second part of the paper presents an affective theory to analyze children's spontaneously generated pretend protocols. A study is then summarized as an illustration of the affective theory and directions for future research are noted.

Author/s:
Date:
January 1989
Publisher or Journal:
Volume:
9
Page/s:
345-363
Synonyms:
  • Affective behaviour
  • Developmental outcomes
  • Literature review
  • Pretend play
  • Semiotic play
  • Social-emotional
Relevant age group/s:
Research discipline:

Jirout, J. et al. (2012) Children’s scientific curiosity: In search of an operational definition of an elusive concept (Journal Article)

Abstract:
Author/s:
Date:
June 2012
Publisher or Journal:
Volume:
32
Page/s:
125-160
Keyword/s:
Synonyms:
Relevant age group/s:
Research discipline:

Quinn, S. et al. (2018) The relationship between symbolic play and language acquisition: A meta-analytic review (Journal Article)

Abstract:
Date:
January 1970
Publisher or Journal:
Volume:
49
Page/s:
121-135
Keyword/s:
Synonyms:
Relevant age group/s:
Research discipline:
Tags:
Abstract:
Date:
September 2018
Publisher or Journal:
Volume:
49
Page/s:
121-135
Synonyms:
  • Language
  • Meta-analysis
  • Symbolic play
Relevant age group/s:
Research discipline:
Tags: