THE EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC ON PLAYING AND COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL ASPECTS IN A SAMPLE OF CHILDREN OF 3-6 YEARS
by Maria A. Geraci and Ornella Argento
In the spring of 2021 the CBPT Research Center, in collaboration with some kindergartens in the center of Rome, launched an online survey entitled “The cognitive-behavioral and playful effects of the pandemic in children”. This survey required the production and online administration of a questionnaire consisting of a general part in which questions were asked about the changes observed by the teachers in their class group following the lockdown; and a specific part in which each teacher answered questions specifically addressed to each of his pupils between the ages of 3 and 6. The questions in the questionnaire were designed with reference to the 4 main development areas: play area, neuropsychological area, emotional competence area, behavioral area. Of particular interest were the results obtained with respect to the changes observed in the game area. As the image shows, about 53% of children have shown a change in the way they play after the pandemic and this change has led to a redefinition of the preferences expressed by children. The data that emerged from this survey revealed how the recent pandemic has also had repercussions on the life and development of the little ones, forcing them to reorganize their areas of functioning and in particular their way of expressing themselves by playing.
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