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Perceived barriers and facilitators of adventurous play in schools: a qualitative systematic review

Nesbit, R. J., Bagnall, C. L., Harvey, K. ORCID: and Dodd, H. F. ORCID: (2021) Perceived barriers and facilitators of adventurous play in schools: a qualitative systematic review. Children, 8 (681). pp. 1-25. ISSN 2227-9067

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Adventurous play, defined as exciting, thrilling play where children are able to take age-appropriate risks has been associated with a wide range of positive outcomes. Despite this, it remains unclear what factors might aid or hinder schools in offering adventurous play opportunities. The purpose of this systematic review is to synthesise findings from qualitative studies on the perceived barriers and facilitators of adventurous play in schools. A total of nine studies were included in the final synthesis. The review used two synthesis strategies: a meta-aggregative synthesis and narrative synthesis. Findings were similar across the two syntheses, highlighting that key barriers and facilitators were: adults’ perceptions of children; adults’ attitudes and beliefs about adventurous play and concerns pertaining to health; and, safety and concerns about legislation. Based on the findings of the review, recommendations for policy and practice as provided to support adventurous play in schools.

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Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
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