Book Reviews
November 1941

Studies of the Interpretation of Play: I. Clinical Observation of Play Disruption in Young Children.

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By Erik Homburger Erikson. Price, none given. Pp. 114, with 4 illustrations. Provincetown, Mass.: Journal Press, 1940.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;62(5):1120. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000170214022

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This monograph describes in detail the theory and practice of psychoanalytic observation of children's play and gives interpretations of the behavior of many children who were under observation in the Yale clinic.

The study is written in rather technical language. It represents a great deal of work and is a valuable piece of research. It illustrates how much knowledge can be gained about children by observing their play.

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