Children's Risky Play from an Evolutionary Perspective: The Anti-Phobic Effects of Thrilling Experiences

@article{Sandseter2011ChildrensRP,
  title={Children's Risky Play from an Evolutionary Perspective: The Anti-Phobic Effects of Thrilling Experiences},
  author={Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter and L. E. O. Kennair},
  journal={Evolutionary Psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={9}
}
This theoretical article views children's risky play from an evolutionary perspective, addressing specific evolutionary functions and especially the anti-phobic effects of risky play. According to the non-associative theory, a contemporary approach to the etiology of anxiety, children develop fears of certain stimuli (e.g., heights and strangers) that protect them from situations they are not mature enough to cope with, naturally through infancy. Risky play is a set of motivated behaviors that… Expand
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