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The value of the clinical risk indicator for the child of development tool (IRDI) for the detection of the early playing of children in centers for infant education (CEIs)

Grant number: 12/51774-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2013
Effective date (End): March 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Psychological Treatment and Prevention
Principal Investigator:Maria Cristina Machado Kupfer
Grantee:Camila Saboia de Almada Lima Boulanger
Host Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


It appears that, in Centers for Infant Education (CEIs), the physical care on body and cognition is widely preferred to the detriment of the psychical care of the baby. Recent researches point out the trends of these institutions not to give priority to the subjective aspects of the child's development as, for instance, the observation that the playing and the recreational activities are little studied as part of the Caregiver-Child relationship. This matter of fact appears to be quite worrying if one considers the assumption following which the Playing of the baby, referred to as Early Playing, plays a central role in the constitution of the process of subjectivation of the child. With regard to that, the main objective of this research is to measure the value of the IRDI (Clinical Risk Indicators for Child Development) tool for the detection of the Early Playing, with the aim to offer a tool that allows to assess whether the Playing is being given importance, or not, in nurseries and CEIs. For that, we will link our research to a larger Project with FAPESP named "The IRDI methodology - an intervention with educators of nurseries based on psychoanalysis" (Kupfer, 2012). With the use of the database of that project, we suggest to compare the results obtained by babies aged 4 to 11 months with the 4 IRDI indicators which evidence the Early Playing, to the results obtained by the same babies, at the year of 2, to the Projective Kit of Early Childhood (P.K.E.C), a projective test that allows to measure in details the quality of the symbolic production of children. The capability of the IRDI test to detect the Early Playing will be confirmed in case the indicator of Negative responses to the test is correlated to the results of the PKEC test, evidencing the low level of responses associated to symbolic productions. (AU)

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