Mental Health News
Researchers at the University of Exeter revealed how adventurous play is associated with better mental health in children. The study is published in the journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
The researchers surveyed nearly 2500 parents living in Northern Ireland and the UK. The participants had children aged 5–11 years. They completed questionnaires about their children’s adventurous play outdoors, their mental health, and their mood during the first Covid-19 lockdown.
The results reveal that children playing adventurously has mental health benefits. In fact, it is found that children who spend more time playing in nature and prefer adventurous play activities have better mental health than those who don’t.
Putting Theory To Practice
The researchers are enthusiastic that the findings from the study will tilt the scales in favor of spending time outdoors and adventurous play. This can offer new learning opportunities and help build stronger psychological resilience in children, thereby preventing future mental health problems.
The lead researcher, Helen Dodd, elaborated: “We now urgently need to invest in and protect natural spaces, well-designed parks, and adventure playgrounds—to support the mental health of our children.”
To Know More You May Refer To
Dodd, H. F., FitzGibbon, L., Watson, B. E., & Nesbit, R. J. (2021). Children’s Play and Independent Mobility in 2020: Results from the British Children’s Play Survey. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(8), 4334. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084334