Corpus ID: 143186015

The decline of play and the rise of psychopathology in children and adolescents.

  title={The decline of play and the rise of psychopathology in children and adolescents.},
  author={P. Gray},
  journal={American Journal of Play},
  • P. Gray
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Play
  • Over the past half century, in the United States and other developed nations, children’s free play with other children has declined sharply. Over the same period, anxiety, depression, suicide, feelings of helplessness, and narcissism have increased sharply in children, adolescents, and young adults. This article documents these historical changes and contends that the decline in play has contributed to the rise in the psychopathology of young people. Play functions as the major means by which… CONTINUE READING
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