Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 20 | ARTICLE

Title: ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE PLAY – A CONTEXT FOR THE SOCIALIZATION OF AGGRESSION?

Author: Guida Veiga (gveiga@uevora.pt)
Departamento de Desporto e Saúde, Escola de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade de Évora, Évora, Portugal. Centro de Investigação em Desporto, Saúde e Desenvolvimento Humano (CIDESD), Portugal.
Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 20

Abstract:
Play is a significant component of childhood and has an important role in healthy and adaptive child development. As with other species, playing with parents, siblings and friends promotes a positive and stimulating atmosphere, which facilitates the practice of important abilities. There are different forms of play, which have been related to different developmental functions. Rough-and-tumble play is the most frequent and the most studied form in animal behavioural studies. However, as to child development, research is scarce and not always consensual as to the adaptive function of this form of play. This paper aims to focus the role of rough-and-tumble play on the socialization of aggression across child development. Both perspectives are presented: supportive perspectives, which advance rough-and-tumble play as a privileged context to develop emotional control and perspectives that associate this form of play to aggression.

Keywords: rough-and-tumble play, aggression, emotion regulation, development, father-child, peers




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