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Play Assessment

  1. Sandra W. Russ,
  2. Tori Sacha Cordiano

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0689

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Russ, S. W. and Cordiano, T. S. 2010. Play Assessment. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. Case Western Reserve University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Play assessment can tell us a great deal about a child's cognitive and emotional functioning. Pretend play is often a part of a clinical assessment, because play is such a natural form of expression for young children (age 4–10 years). Clinicians often infer much about a child's functioning from their observations of pretend play. Standardized play tasks and measures are being developed that can be used in a formal assessment battery. Play assessment can contribute to treatment planning and outcome evaluation.


  • affect in play;
  • assessment;
  • processes;
  • pretend play;
  • treatment planning