The Affect in Play Scale-Preschool version is a semi-structured measure of cognitive and affective pretend play processes using a 5 min standardized play task devised for preschool children. This study investigated an extension of the scale in a sample of 333 children, aged 6–10 years. Participants were assessed using another measure of play processes, the Affect in Play Scale, a divergent thinking task, the Alternate Uses Test, a measure of school coping, the School Coping measure, and a measure of empathy, the Index of Empathy for Children. External validity with these measures was investigated, using correlational analyses. Construct validity of the scale was assessed using a confirmatory factor analysis approach. A correlated two-factor structure with a cognitive and an affective factor demonstrated the best fit. Implications for the use of this extension to assess cognitive and affective processes in pretend play and developmental outcomes were discussed. Copyright © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
CitationDelvecchio, E., Di Riso, D., Li, J.-B., Lis, A., & Mazzeschi, C. (2016). Affect in play scale-preschool version: Validation on a sample of school age Italian children. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(12), 3523-3536. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0504-8.
- Affect in play scale-preschool version
- Construct validity
- Divergent thinking
- School coping
- Italian children