This text compliments the author's previous work on affect, creativity, and play in children, and like that text, brings our attention to the importance of emotions and imagination in the child's experience.
—Imagination, Cognition and Personality Journal
An important integration of the literature on the role of play in child development and play therapy. This book will enable those in the helping professions to work better with children.
—Charles Schaefer, Ph. D.
Fairleigh Dickinson University
By integrating developmental research on play processes with clinical perspectives on therapeutic play, Sandra Russ has provided a new, empirically grounded foundation for play therapy. In this model, play takes its place alongside coping and problem-solving as resources for healthy adaptation. This book should lead child therapists and child therapy researchers to reconsider the role of play in child treatment.
—Stephen Shirk, Ph. D.
University of Denver
Play therapy for children has usually been carried out within a narrow, unevaluated clinical domain such as the Freudian, Kleinian, or Rogerian approaches outside the mainstream of basic psychological research. In this exciting new work Sandra Russ brings together current cognitive, emotional and social research on child development and the adaptive role of imaginative play. She thus establishes an empirical foundation for outlining how play therapy can reflect the natural development of children. By linking solid research to practice she opens new research avenues for establishing empirical support for clinical practice. This is a delightful and challenging 'read' for professionals and students.
—Jerome L. Singer, Ph. D.