Praeger Handbook of Play across the Life Cycle: Fun from Infancy to Old Age

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$54.96
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$42.71
(Save 28%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $24.81
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 58%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $24.81   
  • New (2) from $60.48   
  • Used (6) from $24.81   

More About This Textbook

Overview

Most American adults have little respect for play, for themselves or, increasingly, for their children. Are we losing anything with this attitude? Yes, says longtime clinical psychologist Luciano L'Abate. In a book that has a message for us all, L'Abate presents research showing that play, as one scholar put it, "is not a luxury, but rather a crucial dynamic of healthy physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development at all age levels."

The Praeger Handbook of Play across the Life Cycle: Fun from Infancy to Old Age, shows how play and playful activities have developed and changed across recent history, and how their necessity has been the subject of changing cultural and educational views and controversies. The book overviews the history of play, summarizes current research and theory, shows how we play at various ages and stages, and explains why that helps us develop into healthy people—physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"For psychologists, psychiatrists, other mental health practitioners, play therapists, leisure time and recreation specialists, and scholars of development and personality, L'Abate (clinical psychology, Georgia State U., Atlanta) examines the history of play, details how it affects people from infancy to old age, and argues for its importance to physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual well-being. He illustrates how people play at different stages of the life cycle and how it is part of development and socialization, as well as the consequences of its changes today. He also discusses its benefits and applications in therapy and rehabilitation and controversies over play, including technology, the media, and education.

He excludes discussion of animal play, advocacy and theory, and neurological and cerebral functioning."

-

Reference & Research Book News

"L'Abate (emer., Georgia State Univ.) has written a valuable reference detailing the central role that play, in its many forms, has in the epigenetic life cycle, from infancy all the way to old age. In doing so, he fills in an epistemological gap usually not acknowledged in personality theory. He covers in detail every aspect of play: its varied manifestations across the life span, its relevance to personality and social development, prevailing cultural attitudes towards it, and how it is instrumental in aiding various populations (e.g., individuals with disabilities, aggressive youth). All the various strands come together in a multifaceted hierarchical paradigm that presents an integrative conceptual structure highlighting the elements of play. The references cited are extensive and the narrative is easy to follow, sprinkled with personal anecdotes and vignettes about L'Abate's grandchildren. Linking theory to therapeutic intervention, this is a superb reference for all concerned with play development. Summing Up: Essential. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, general readers."

-

Choice

"Toward this end, the author frequently interjects anecdotes from his own life and the lives of his family and friends. These stories serve as miniature case studies that illustrate relevant theoretical and empirical points in a manner that makes his book all the more enjoyable. . . . This handbook is best read from beginning to end but also is the type of book one may read in parts, as a reference or as guided by one's interests. . . the volume would make an excellent starting point for a graduate student beginning a research program in play. Of course, the handbook would also serve as a superb tool for the seasoned psychologist or psychotherapist to update his or her knowledge of a field that has evolved considerably in recent years as lifestyle and technology changes, including the invention of the popular Nintendo Wii, have altered the way many play. The addition of several helpful appendices makes the volume all the more attractive for such purposes. For instance, Appendix A offers an annotated bibliography of some significant sources, including books, journal titles, professional organizations, and websites. University libraries will want to own this book, as will many public libraries as well."

-

PsycCRITIQUES

"The inclusion of the topic of adult play solidifies its must-read status for scholars interested in understanding diverse

expressions and functions of play….It is clearly written and can serve as a necessary textbook for graduate-level courses that focus on the study of play and leisure across the lifespan. The Praeger Handbook of Play across the Life Cycle is an engaging, extensive overview of play from different perspectives, emphasizing play as a valuable activity for individuals of all ages."

-

American Journal of Play

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313359293
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)