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date: 15 October 2019

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This chapter provides an overview of theory and research related to the study of multiple forms of nonsocial play in childhood. Topics covered include: (1) concepts, definitions, and methodologies (with a primary focus on naturalistic observations); (2) theoretical and historical perspectives that have influenced the contemporary study of nonsocial play; (3) a detailed review of the empirical literature pertaining to differences in the underlying meanings and implications of different nonsocial play types; and (4) directions for future research. In particular, the implications of the well-established conceptual and empirical distinctions between different structural forms of nonsocial play are explored.

Keywords: nonsocial play, solitary behaviors, solitude, behavioral observations, social withdrawal, social isolation

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