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Drucker, J. (1975). Toddler Play: Some Comments on Its Functions in the Developmental Process. Psychoanal. Contemp. Sci., 4(1):479-527.

(1975). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Science, 4(1):479-527

Toddler Play: Some Comments on Its Functions in the Developmental Process

Jan Drucker, Ph.D.

In the following pages, I will attempt to explore the concepts of multiple determination and of “play” in relation to some developmental tasks of the second year of life. A review of the literature on play reveals a multiplicity of approaches to the phenomenon, and the need for a conceptual model which incorporates, rather than attempting to avoid, the issue of multiple function; a model which moves in the direction of a more unified cognitive-affective understanding of symbolic processes. Observations of toddler activity suggest the potential usefulness of such a model for research and for clinical conceptualization, and its special relevance to aspects of toddler development.

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