Not Just “Playing Alone”: Exploring Multiple Forms of Nonsocial Play in Childhood

Robert J. Coplan

in The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Play

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195393002
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Not Just “Playing Alone”: Exploring Multiple Forms of Nonsocial Play in Childhood

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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: nonsocial play; solitary behaviors; solitude; behavioral observations; social withdrawal; social isolation

Article.  12353 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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