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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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COTRIM, Gabriela Souza  and  BICHARA, Ilka Dias. Playing in urban environments: limits and possibilities in streets and playgrounds of a metropolis . Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.2, pp.388-395. ISSN 0102-7972.

The purpose of this study was to conduct a survey on different urban space used for playing in Salvador-Bahia. Pictures of events were used as data collection and were categorized into: 'places for children' (usually playgrounds) and 'places not projected for children' (streets, traffic islands, etc.). In total, 111 events were computed: 91 in public playgrounds and 20 in places not intended for children's playing. Differences were noted in the form of occupation of those two types of spaces and in the kind of playing: physical exercises with equipment in 'places for', and games with rules at open areas in 'places not for'. It was also found differences related to the adult's role (caregiver and active agent) and the presence of boys and girls.

Keywords : Urban space; children's play; playgrounds.

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