The Praeger Handbook of Play across the Life Cycle: Fun from Infancy to Old Age

Fun from Infancy to Old Age

by Luciano L'Abate

Series: Non-Series

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  • 031335930X
  • 9780313359293
  • 9780313359309

Most American adults have little respect for play, for themselves or, increasingly, for their children. Are we losing anything with this attitude? Yes, says longtime clinical psychologist Luciano L'Abate. In a book that has a message for us all, L'Abate presents research showing that play, as one scholar put it, "is not a luxury, but rather a crucial dynamic of healthy physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development at all age levels."

The Praeger Handbook of Play across the Life Cycle: Fun from Infancy to Old Age, shows how play and playful activities have developed and changed across recent history, and how their necessity has been the subject of changing cultural and educational views and controversies. The book overviews the history of play, summarizes current research and theory, shows how we play at various ages and stages, and explains why that helps us develop into healthy people—physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.


  • ABC-CLIO; June 2009
  • ISBN: 9780313359309
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  • Title: The Praeger Handbook of Play across the Life Cycle: Fun from Infancy to Old Age
  • Series: Non-Series
  • Author: Luciano L'Abate
  • Imprint: Praeger
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 031335930X
  • 9780313359293
  • 9780313359309

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"L'Abate (emer., Georgia State Univ.) has written a valuable reference detailing the central role that play, in its many forms, has in the epigenetic life cycle, from infancy all the way to old age. In doing so, he fills in an epistemological gap usually not acknowledged in personality theory. He covers in detail every aspect of play: its varied manifestations across the life span, its relevance to personality and social development, prevailing cultural attitudes towards it, and how it is instrumental in aiding various populations (e.g., individuals with disabilities, aggressive youth). All the various strands come together in a multifaceted hierarchical paradigm that presents an integrative conceptual structure highlighting the elements of play. The references cited are extensive and the narrative is easy to follow, sprinkled with personal anecdotes and vignettes about L'Abate's grandchildren. Linking theory to therapeutic intervention, this is a superb reference for all concerned with play development. Summing Up: Essential. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, general readers." - Choice


About The Author

Luciano L'Abate is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, co-founder and past president of the International Academy of Family Psychology, and professor emeritus at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 031335930X
  • 9780313359293
  • 9780313359309