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OLIVEIRA, Vera Barros de. Playing in hospital toy libraries: support for children and their families. Bol. - Acad. Paul. Psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.35, n.88, pp. 59-74. ISSN 1415-711X.

This article focuses on the contribution of hospital toy libraries as playing support for children and their families. It refers to empirical studies which demonstrate the relationship between play and development, health and well-being of the child. It points out to the large negative impact that poverty brings to health and the serious consequences with health problems, and refers to the contribution of the public and private toy libraries in the support of families, providing healthy living spaces, lending toys, promoting educational support to children and professional training courses for parents. The article emphasizes the mind-body dynamic integration and the benefit of play for sick and hospitalized children and their adherence to treatment, since the hospitalization experience, alongside with being sick with any pathology, is a crisis situation for children and their parents. It brings international data on research and experience reports about toy libraries in pediatric healthcare environments and their support for children and their families. There is also a brief description about the Brazilian experience with toy libraries in public and private healthcare environment areas, and its low but continuing growth

Keywords : play and health; hospital toy library; playing in the hospital; family support; adherence to treatment.

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