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Análise Psicológica

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FIGUEIREDO, Mafalda et al. Representações de vinculação e qualidade do brincar interativo em crianças em idade pré-escolar. Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2015, vol.33, n.3, pp.335-345. ISSN 0870-8231.

In the preschool years, the relationships between children and their caregivers as well as with their peers have a crucial importance for children’s social-emotional development. However, few studies have analyzed the relation between the preschoolers’ quality of attachment and their quality of interactive play with peers. The main objective of the present study was to investigate the association between preschoolers’ attachment representations and different dimensions of interactive play. 66 preschool children (age ranged from 4 to 5 years old) from two schools and their teachers participated in the present study. The quality of the attachment representations was accessed through the Attachment Story Completion Task (ASCT). Each one of the stories of the ASCT was coded by three “blind” researchers, with an inter-rater reliability between 0.81 and 0.85. Interactive play in preschool environment was reported by the teachers using the Penn Interactive Peer Play Scale (PIPPS). Results show a significant and positive association between Attachment Security of and Positive Play Interaction and significant but negative correlations between Attachment Security and Play Disruption and Attachment Security and Play Disconnection. Our results show the relation between secure attachment relationships and how children playfully interact with peers and hence on their social competence.

Keywords : Attachment; Play interaction; Social competence.

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