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Warshaw, S.C. (2020). Why Play? … Musings during This Pandemic. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 19(2):107-108.

(2020). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 19(2):107-108

Why Play? … Musings during This Pandemic

Susan C. Warshaw, EdD, ABPP

This special journal issue, “Play for a Change,” entered into production just as the 2020 pandemic gripped the world. Though planned for more than a year prior, we proceeded into production, while simultaneously, sanitizing ourselves and our homes, stocking up on food and other provisions for indeterminate periods of “sheltering” in place. Confronted with an uncertain future, with millions stricken, hundreds of thousands dead, entire families quarantined at home, life as many had known it was brought to an abrupt halt, ours included.

The lives of children, adolescents and emerging adults, and their parents have drastically changed, schools have closed and outdoor play has been curtailed, with survival concerns and grieving becoming central to the lives of so many of us. We simply could not bring forth this issue of the journal and ignore the obvious, the context in which we are all living. We reach out to our readers, our authors as well as our editorial board with caring and concern for the well-being of all. Our hope is that this special issue developed during a pre-pandemic time will prove relevant to the many who are continuing to work as analytic therapists, a large number “virtually,” supporting our young patients and their families through teletherapy.

As psychoanalysts and psychotherapists of all traditions, we are fully aware that the capacity to play is jeopardized during a traumatic experience, significantly impacted by acute grief, disorganized attachments and/or a backdrop of profound insecurity.

[This is a summary excerpt from the full text of the journal article. The full text of the document is available to journal subscribers on the publisher's website here.]

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