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The concept and measurement of fathers' stimulating play: a review.
Attach Hum Dev. 2018 12; 20(6):634-658.AH

Abstract

Reviews of attachment research point to fathers' capacity to provide for a secure child-parent attachment relationship; a suggested mechanism for the development of this relationship may be sensitive and challenging play interactions. This review synthesises research on fathers' challenging and stimulating play by mapping the variation in construct definitions and reporting on the association of fathers' stimulating play with child outcomes. Using search terms such as "father", "stimulating"and "challenging", 26 studies were identified, including 16 longitudinal studies, which assessed the association between father-child stimulating or challenging play, and child outcomes. Five categories of stimulating play were derived from the analysis,ranging on a continuum of activation and complexity. Most studies reported positive associations with children's cognitive, psycho social and physical development. The discussion highlights the variation in the operationalisation of challenging and stimulating play, and suggestions for future research on the function of fathers' play interactions are made.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Faculty of Health & Medicine , University of Newcastle , Australia. b Faculty of Health and Medicine , University of Newcastle , Callaghan , Australia. c Faculty of Science , University of Newcastle , Australia.a Faculty of Health & Medicine , University of Newcastle , Australia. b Faculty of Health and Medicine , University of Newcastle , Callaghan , Australia. c Faculty of Science , University of Newcastle , Australia.a Faculty of Health & Medicine , University of Newcastle , Australia. b Faculty of Health and Medicine , University of Newcastle , Callaghan , Australia. c Faculty of Science , University of Newcastle , Australia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29708030

Citation

StGeorge, Jennifer M., et al. "The Concept and Measurement of Fathers' Stimulating Play: a Review." Attachment & Human Development, vol. 20, no. 6, 2018, pp. 634-658.
StGeorge JM, Wroe JK, Cashin ME. The concept and measurement of fathers' stimulating play: a review. Attach Hum Dev. 2018;20(6):634-658.
StGeorge, J. M., Wroe, J. K., & Cashin, M. E. (2018). The concept and measurement of fathers' stimulating play: a review. Attachment & Human Development, 20(6), 634-658. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2018.1465106
StGeorge JM, Wroe JK, Cashin ME. The Concept and Measurement of Fathers' Stimulating Play: a Review. Attach Hum Dev. 2018;20(6):634-658. PubMed PMID: 29708030.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The concept and measurement of fathers' stimulating play: a review. AU - StGeorge,Jennifer M, AU - Wroe,Jaime K, AU - Cashin,Miranda E, Y1 - 2018/04/30/ PY - 2018/5/1/pubmed PY - 2019/10/23/medline PY - 2018/5/1/entrez KW - Fathers KW - child development KW - exploration KW - play KW - stimulation SP - 634 EP - 658 JF - Attachment & human development JO - Attach Hum Dev VL - 20 IS - 6 N2 - Reviews of attachment research point to fathers' capacity to provide for a secure child-parent attachment relationship; a suggested mechanism for the development of this relationship may be sensitive and challenging play interactions. This review synthesises research on fathers' challenging and stimulating play by mapping the variation in construct definitions and reporting on the association of fathers' stimulating play with child outcomes. Using search terms such as "father", "stimulating"and "challenging", 26 studies were identified, including 16 longitudinal studies, which assessed the association between father-child stimulating or challenging play, and child outcomes. Five categories of stimulating play were derived from the analysis,ranging on a continuum of activation and complexity. Most studies reported positive associations with children's cognitive, psycho social and physical development. The discussion highlights the variation in the operationalisation of challenging and stimulating play, and suggestions for future research on the function of fathers' play interactions are made. SN - 1469-2988 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29708030/The_concept_and_measurement_of_fathers'_stimulating_play:_a_review_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616734.2018.1465106 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -