Adulthood fears and childhood play type preference: Indoor and outdoor

KÁLlai János, S. Rózsa, Hupuczi Erno, Martin LÁSzlÓ, Vincze GÁBor, LÉNÁRd Katalin, Török Imre AndrÁS

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Theoretical background: Early studies on spatial orientation have revealed that competencies acquired during outdoor play reduce fearful reactions shown in unexplored environments both in childhood and in adulthood. However, the cultural diversity of play activites and the problems of carrying out longitudinal studies pose difficulties to studying the relationship between childhood play and fears in adulthood. Method: The present study focused on the relationship of the types and intensity of adult participants' fears with the preferred childhood play types and environments they recalled. Participants were 365 male and female university students. 21 types of indoor and outdoor play identified in a previous study were sorted on a statistical basis into distinct groups according to playing environment. Results: The study has revealed that the two major types of outdoor play are one-on-one fighting and community-building play activities. The major indoor play types are role-playing and activities involving socio-cognitive construction. When playing outdoors, boys prefer one-on-one fighting while girls prefer community-building play. In indoor environments, boys prefer role-playing whereas girls prefer activities requiring socio-cognitive construction. Irrespective of biological sex, preference for role-playing in an indoor environment is accompanied by low levels of fear of animals, social stimuli and sex scenes, while preference for physical and social challenges is associated with low scores of agoraphobia. Conclusions: Adults' sensitivity to specific fear-inducing stimuli are related to their preferred childhood playing environment and play types.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-79
Number of pages25
JournalMentalhigiene es Pszichoszomatika
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Agoraphobia
  • Biological sex
  • Environment
  • Fear
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Play

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  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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János, KÁL., Rózsa, S., Erno, H., LÁSzlÓ, M., GÁBor, V., Katalin, LÉNÁR., & AndrÁS, T. I. (2018). Adulthood fears and childhood play type preference: Indoor and outdoor. Mentalhigiene es Pszichoszomatika, 19(1), 55-79. https://doi.org/10.1556/0406.19.2018.003

Adulthood fears and childhood play type preference : Indoor and outdoor. / János, KÁLlai; Rózsa, S.; Erno, Hupuczi; LÁSzlÓ, Martin; GÁBor, Vincze; Katalin, LÉNÁRd; AndrÁS, Török Imre.

In: Mentalhigiene es Pszichoszomatika, Vol. 19, No. 1, 01.03.2018, p. 55-79.

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János, KÁL, Rózsa, S, Erno, H, LÁSzlÓ, M, GÁBor, V, Katalin, LÉNÁR & AndrÁS, TI 2018, 'Adulthood fears and childhood play type preference: Indoor and outdoor', Mentalhigiene es Pszichoszomatika, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 55-79. https://doi.org/10.1556/0406.19.2018.003
János, KÁLlai ; Rózsa, S. ; Erno, Hupuczi ; LÁSzlÓ, Martin ; GÁBor, Vincze ; Katalin, LÉNÁRd ; AndrÁS, Török Imre. / Adulthood fears and childhood play type preference : Indoor and outdoor. In: Mentalhigiene es Pszichoszomatika. 2018 ; Vol. 19, No. 1. pp. 55-79.
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