There is an increased emphasis on promoting wellbeing, active engagement and preventive measures in healthcare, rather than treating sickness alone. This innovative book follows this trend by making a case for the role of play and playfulness in public health.
Drawing on a broad range of research evidence and practice experience, this book looks at the impact of play on brain development, the early years, end-of-life experiences, building good relationships, family life, the healthy workplace, interactions with digital worlds and our surroundings. Discussing the art and science of public health, it explores creative approaches for drawing society’s more vulnerable members in as well as for introducing playfulness into the mainstream.
Outlining the benefits that play and playfulness can confer on health and wellbeing, this book is an important resource for students, academics and practitioners interested in play, creative approaches to health and wellbeing, and public health.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Alison Tonkin is Head of Higher Education at Stanmore College, United Kingdom. Alison has a research background in health promotion for pre-school children and has worked as both a diagnostic and therapeutic radiographer.
Julia Whitaker has worked therapeutically with children and families in both public and private sectors for the past 30 years. Originally trained as a social worker and family therapist, Julia is also a registered Health Play Specialist with wide-ranging clinical and teaching experience in the field.
Table of Contents
1. Improving the public’s health through playful endeavours Julia Whitaker and Alison Tonkin
2. The science of public health Alison Tonkin
3. Playing for a healthy brain Alison Tonkin and Julia Whitaker
4. Playful connections: attachment at the start of life and beyond Julia Whitaker
5. Playful endings: making meaning at the end of life Julia Whitaker and Alison Tonkin
6. Playing together: the art and science of relationships Julia Whitaker and Alison Tonkin
7. Playful families Julia Whitaker
8. A playful childhood for all Jenni Etchells and Alison Tonkin
9. The playful workplace Alison Tonkin and Christina Freeman
10. Playing in a digital world: the good, the bad and the possibilities Alison Tonkin
11. The playful environment Tassy Thompson
12. The art of public health Eric Fleming
13. Playful policy Alison Tonkin and Rachel Bayliss
14. Inclusive play as means of accessing public health Claire Weldon and Alison Tonkin
15 Playful participation, engagement and empowerment Kath Evans