6-3 | Pretend Play in Childhood: Foundation of Adult Creativity

Book Review

Pretend Play in Childhood: Foundation of Adult Creativity

Sandra W. Russ
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2013. Images, appendix, references, index. 241 pp. $69.95 cloth. ISBN: 9781433815614

by Doris Bergen

First Paragraph:

Whether pretend play in childhood is essential for—or even promotes—creativity in adulthood has been long debated. In Pretend Play in Childhood: Foundation of Adult Creativity, Sandra Russ has made an ambitious attempt to review the theories and research about pretend play to show its impact on creativity while also noting the controversies and obscurities involved. She begins by defining play and creativity, and she presents a comprehensive description of the scholarship that supports the connections between the two. In later chapters, she addresses the cognitive and affective connections between them and buttresses her view of these connections with data derived from her own research using the Affect in Play Scale, which she designed. She offers suggestions based on training programs to facilitate the connection between play and creativity, describes studies by well-known scientists and famous artists, and concludes with examples from her work in the United States and Italy about the cultural dimension of the differences between play and creativity.