Imaginative Play, Socio-emotional Competence, and Sociometric Status in Preschool Children: Common Methodological Problems and New Research Directions

  • Dorota Maria Jankowska
  • Iwona Omelańczuk
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


Positive and effective functioning within a peer group has significant importance in the lives of even very young children. Imaginative play is considered important for the development of children’s cognitive and social skills. The following chapter provides a proposal for research on the relationship between imaginative play, socio-emotional competence, and the sociometric status of preschool children. The paper concludes with a discussion of methodological challenges in assessing children’s social competence, sociometric status, and diagnostic tasks measuring imaginative play.


Imaginative play Peer group Sociometric status Social competence Preschool children 



This work was supported by The Maria Grzegorzewska University (grant BSTM 1/16-I).


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  • Dorota Maria Jankowska
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  • Iwona Omelańczuk
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  1. 1.Institute of Special EducationThe Maria Grzegorzewska UniversityWarsawPoland

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