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Displaced children’s experience of places and play: a scoping review

Weir, Holly, Khan, Matluba ORCID: and Marmot, Alexi 2023. Displaced children’s experience of places and play: a scoping review. Children's Geographies 21 (3) , pp. 502-517. 10.1080/14733285.2022.2078656

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There is a lack of understanding about displaced children’s experiences of places and play in the field of children’s geographies and built environment. This paper contributes to emerging knowledge in the fields of displacement, place and play by summarising and identifying gaps in the existing evidence regarding displaced children’s experiences of place in temporary and/or informal settlements, or in new environments. The scoping review deployed a combination of search terms related to displacement (displaced, informal settlement, temporary settlement, refugee) and themes related to place and play (child friendly places/spaces, experience of place, place attachment). A total of 1001 studies were identified from ScienceDirect and Proquest, with 33 studies included in the review. From the limited number of relevant studies, it was found that place attachment provides a sense of stability amidst change, contributes to wellbeing and identity, and supports the cognitive, physical and social development of displaced children. Overall, play and opportunities for play can help children to adapt to a new place following displacement. The review concludes that more research is needed to explore displaced children’s experience of place in both their original and new environment, as well as comparing the experiences of place for ‘placed’ and ‘displaced’ children.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1473-3285
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 May 2022
Date of Acceptance: 4 May 2022
Last Modified: 29 May 2024 07:49

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