Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

4-21-2008

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

Psychology: Child/Adolescent Development

Primary Subject Area

Psychology, Developmental

Keywords

Imaginary Companions, Social Skills

Disciplines

Developmental Psychology

Abstract

The imagination and creativity of children is often puzzling to the adult mind. Pretend play and make-believe friends are often prevalent in the life of a child. Past research shows a relationship between the use of the imagination in children’s play and their social, cognitive, and emotional development. Furthermore, there are a number of gender differences in the type of imaginary play and pretend friends children create. Children of all ages reported engaging in make-believe play. Therefore, this study investigated whether children create imaginary companions as a result of their social adaptability or socially adapt in the way that they do as a result of the presence of an imaginary companion.

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