Imaginary companions: Clinicians’ observations of their functions and use in therapy with young people referred to CAMHS
Wachter, S. 2011. Imaginary companions: Clinicians’ observations of their functions and use in therapy with young people referred to CAMHS. PhD Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Department of Applied Psychology
Section A provides a critical review of the literature pertinent to children’s imaginary companions, including definitional issues, historical background, and prevalence. Empirical research concerning the characteristics of children who create imaginary companions is presented, followed by an overview of theories attempting to explain the development and functions of imaginary companions. Empirical research investigating the functions of imaginary companions in normative populations is then reviewed, followed by research into the imaginary companions of children from clinical populations. The review concludes by reviewing the literature into the use of imaginary companions as part of psychological therapy.
|Keywords||Imaginary friends; Imaginary companions; Children; Child psychotherapy|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||27 Oct 2011|
|Accepted author manuscript|