Research

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Brussoni, M., Gibbons, R., Gray, C., Ishikawa, T., Sandseter, E. B. H., Bienenstock, A., … & Tremblay, M. S. (2015). What is the relationship between risky outdoor play and health in children? A systematic review. International journal of environmental research and public health, 12(6), 6423-6454.

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Chugani, H. T., Behen, M. E., Muzik, O., Juhász, C., Nagy, F., & Chugani, D. C. (2001). Local brain functional activity following early deprivation: A study of postinstitutionalized Romanian orphans. Neuroimage, 14(6), 1290-1301.

Gill, T (2011) Free range kids: Why children need simple pleasures and everyday freedom, and what we can do about it. Dairylea: Cheltenham.

Gray, P. (2011). The decline of play and the rise of psychopathology in children and adolescents. American Journal of Play, 3(4), 443-463. Retrieved from: http://www.journalofplay.org/

Greve, W., Thomsen, T., & Dehio, C. (2013). Does playing pay? The fitness-effect of free play during childhood. Evolutionary Psychology, 12(2), 434-447.

Taylor, F. T. & Kuo, F. T. (2009). Children with attention deficits concentrate better after walk in the park. Journal of Attention Disorders,12(5) 402-409.

Louv, R. (2005). Last child in the woods: Saving our kids from nature deficit disorder. NY: Workman Publishing Company.

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O’Connor, C., & Stagnitti, K. (2011). Play, behaviour, language and social skills: The comparison of a play and a non-play intervention within a specialist school setting. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32(3), 1205-1211.

Open University, (2011) Play, learning and the brain. Retrieved from: http://openlearn.open. ac.uk/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=397465&printable=1

Ridgway, A., Northup, J., Pellegrin, A., LaRue, R., & Hightsoe, A. (2003). Effects of recess on the classroom behaviour of children with and without Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. School Psychology Quarterly, 18(3), 253 -268.

Singer, D.G., Singer, J.L., D’Agostino, H. and DeLong, R. (2009). Children’s pastimes and play in sixteen nations: Is free-play declining? American Journal of Play, 1(3), 283–312.

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Twenge, J. (2000). The age of anxiety? Birth cohort change in anxiety and neuroticism 1952 – 1995. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79(6), 1007-1021.

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