The impact of pretend play on children's development: a review of the evidence.

  title={The impact of pretend play on children's development: a review of the evidence.},
  author={Angeline S. Lillard and Matthew Daniel Lerner and Emily J. Hopkins and Rebecca A. Dore and Eric D. Smith and Carolyn M Palmquist},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  volume={139 1},
Pretend play has been claimed to be crucial to children's healthy development. Here we examine evidence for this position versus 2 alternatives: Pretend play is 1 of many routes to positive developments (equifinality), and pretend play is an epiphenomenon of other factors that drive development. Evidence from several domains is considered. For language, narrative, and emotion regulation, the research conducted to date is consistent with all 3 positions but insufficient to draw conclusions. For… Expand
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