Features of Play in Peer-Rejected Preschoolers



This article explores features of play in peerrejected (ignored and rejected) children of preschool age; it compares the characteristics of play of these children with their personality features. The study used projective techniques as well as observations of children's play and behaviour in various situations. It revealed that the structural elements of play (i.e. plot, role), the organization of play space and the types of preferred toys and games in peerrejected children are different from the ones in control group children. The authors conclude that the main content of play in peerrejected children is not the modeling of social (e.g. family and professional) relations existing in a grown up world, but living through the affective interpersonal relations.

General Information

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

For citation: Pivnenko T.V., Filippova E.V. Features of Play in Peer-Rejected Preschoolers. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2007. Vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 16–26. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


1. Vinnikott D.V. Igra i real'nost', M., 2002.
2. Vygotskii L.S. Igra i ee rol' v psihicheskom razvitii rebenka // Voprosy psihologii. 1966. № 6.
3. Dzhinott H. Gruppovaya psihoterapiya s det'mi (teoriya i praktika igrovoi terapii), M., 2001.
4. Lendret G. L. Igrovaya terapiya: iskusstvo otnoshenii. M., 1998.
5. Mustakas K. Igrovaya terapiya. Spb., 2000.
6. Oklender V. Okna v mir rebenka. M., 2000.
7. Razvitie obsheniya doshkol'nikov so sverstnikami / Pod red. A. G. Ruzskoi, M., 1989.
8. Smirnova E. O., Gudareva O. V. Igra i proizvol'nost' u sovremennyh doshkol'nikov // Voprosy
psihologii. 2004. №1.
9. Repina T. A. Otnosheniya mezhdu sverstnikami v gruppe detskogo sada. M., 1978.
10. Spivakovskaya A.S. Psihoterapiya: igra, detstvo, sem'ya. V 2 t. М., 1999.
11. Ekslain V. Igrovaya terapiya. M., 2001.
12. El'konin D. B. Psihologiya igry. M., 1999.

Information About the Authors

Tatyana V. Pivnenko, PhD in Psychology, Psychologist, kindergarten № 1134, Moscow, Russia, e-mail: tvpschld@mail.ru

Elena V. Filippova, PhD in Psychology, Professor, the head of the Child and family psychotherapy chair, Psychologicalcounseling faculty, Senior researcher, scientific secretary of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, employee of the Psychological Consultation of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, member of the editorial board of the journal “Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy”, member of the editorial board of the journal “Psychological Science and Education”., Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1328-3041, e-mail: e.v.filippova@mail.ru



Total: 3615
Previous month: 30
Current month: 10


Total: 777
Previous month: 0
Current month: 0