Article by Peter Gray

The article “The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders,” discusses the increasing rates of anxiety and depression among young people in America. Peter Gray, Ph.D., a research professor at Boston College, refers to a recent study published by Dr. Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University, expanding on past research showing the increase of anxiety and depression among children and adolescents for the last 50 years. Gray covers Twenge’s theory on a shift toward extrinsic goals away from intrinsic goals and how a decline in play is a factor.


Read the full article published by Psychology Today here:


Peter, Gray Ph.D. “The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders” Psychology Today, January 2010,

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