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Unformatted text preview: to work out conflicts that arise. When children are acting out other people's scripts as tends to happen with media-based play, especially when the content of those scripts is violent, they are less likely to learn the positive social skills that healthy play offers. Because of this, when conflicts occur, children will have fewer tools for resolving them and will be more likely to resort to aggression and violence. Third, imitative play can jeopardize emotional development because it erodes the healthy play children use to resolve stressful situations. In this situation, children can feel a sense of internal disempowerment that can lead them to search for satisfaction and power through aggression and violence. Finally, when children's play is imitative, they are more likely to incorporate the messages about violence they see on the screen intact-in their most rigid and pernicious forms. We can think of children as forming templates for the violence they see which can become part of their behavioral repertoire rather then as using their play to transform the violence into something potentially more complex, grounde...
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This document was uploaded on 04/03/2014.

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