Pretend Play, Creativity, and Emotion Regulation In Children

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Critique of Journal Articles Pretend Play, Creativity, and Emotion Regulation In Children Hoffmann and Russ (2012) examined the relationships between pretend play, creativity, emotion regulation, and executive functioning. The researchers suggested that during pretend play, the children exhibited cognitive, affective, and interpersonal processes. Studies have shown that pretend play is associated to being creative, in that, children who are more imaginative and affective during pretend play are also divergent thinkers. To further explore this relationship, the researchers recruited students from a private all-girls school to participate in this study (Hoffmann & Russ, 2012). Participants were administered several measures to…show more content…
The participants’ engagement was also measured using the Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Participation Scale (PRPS) to measure the parents’ efforts and motivation during therapy. The researchers also looked at each participant’s group involvement. The results indicated that completion of the modules was determined by the stage of treatment. Moreover, the results showed that parents felt the most support while they were going through the group therapy. Parents recognized the effectiveness of the program across all the art therapy modules. However, parents were uncertain whether the experience enabled them to understand something new about their experience parenting a child with chronic pain. The results from the open-ended questions demonstrated that parents found the group process –sharing stories, being with other parents, etc. –to be the most helpful (Pielech et al., 2013). Pielech and colleagues (2013) identified several limitations of their research study. Most of the responses with regards to participants’ experience in the art therapy group sessions are from the mothers who were the majority of the group. Oftentimes, only one parent would be available at a time so that the other parent can attend to the family’s other needs—such as working, taking care of their other children, etc. Another limitation that the researchers
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