Title

An Essay on the Importance of Defining Playfulness: Engendering Playfulness in Caregivers as a State, Trait and Skill

Author

Ashley Sward

Date of Award

6-2014

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Judith E. Fox

First Committee Member

Hale Marti

Second Committee Member

Jaqueline Schwartz

Keywords

Playfulness; State; Trait; Skill

Abstract

It appears to be well established that play is extremely important. A great deal of research has been dedicated to understanding the effects and function of play, yet there appears to be significant disagreement about the definition of playfulness. In this article, the author outlines the varying research arguing for playfulness to be defined as a state, a trait and a skill. Additionally, the author addresses the implications that such definitions have in the clinical setting. It is asserted that only through understanding, assessing and intervening in each of the three dimensions of playfulness can a clinician engender caregivers to be more playful with their children. Strategies that clinicians can use to assess and provide interventions in each of the three dimensions are proposed.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Extent

31 pages

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