Not Just "Playing Alone": Exploring Multiple Forms of Nonsocial Play in Childhood
This chapter provides an overview of theory and research related to the study of multiple forms of nonsocial play in childhood. Topics covered include: (1) concepts, definitions, and methodologies (with a primary focus on naturalistic observations); (2) theoretical and historical perspectives that have influenced the contemporary study of nonsocial play; (3) a detailed review of the empirical literature pertaining to differences in the underlying meanings and implications of different nonsocial play types; and (4) directions for future research. In particular, the implications of the well-established conceptual and empirical distinctions between different structural forms of nonsocial play are explored.
|Keywords||Behavioral observations, Nonsocial play, Social isolation, Social withdrawal, Solitary behaviors, Solitude|
Coplan, R. (2012). Not Just "Playing Alone": Exploring Multiple Forms of Nonsocial Play in Childhood. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195393002.013.0015