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Sandplay, clay and sticks:multi-sensory research methods to explore the long-term influence of childhood play experience on mental well-being.

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/08/2007
<mark>Journal</mark>Children's Geographies
Issue number3
Volume5
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)283-296
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In this contribution we discuss the advantages of using multi-sensory methodologies in our study into the long-term mental health effects of different kinds of childhood play space. Working with a small group of young people aged 16-21 years old; we used a multi-method approach including practical workshops where the young people took part in a day of woodland activities and artwork sessions. We argue that use of such practical methodologies is particularly appropriate in research with teenagers and young adults, helping to overcome their self-consciousness and supporting their need to explore and articulate memories, feelings and ideas.

Bibliographic note

In addition to publication as an article this paper was chosen for inclusion in an edited collection on research methods in Children's Geographies. RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration