Empty Playgrounds and Anxious Children

Elise Belknap, Richard Hazler

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Child-directed play is essential for the healthy development of children. However, many children are experiencing a reduction in access and opportunities for play, and the consequences are being referred to as play deprivation. The numerous benefits of play significantly overlap with the American School Counseling Association's comprehensive school counseling domains of academic, personal social, and career development. School counselors have a unique role as child development experts to make a positive impact on the play lives of children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-231
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Creativity in Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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