Young children who play with others ‘have better mental health’

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Young children who spend time playing with others their age have better mental health as they get older, a new study suggests. Experts at the University of Cambridge in the UK said they had uncovered the first clear evidence that “peer play ability” – the capacity to play successfully with other children – has a protective effect on mental health. The study looked at how well three-year-olds were able to interact with their peers and how this translated into good mental health aged seven. For the study on 1,676 children, carers marked three-year-olds on a three-point scale, with one meaning “d…

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