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Comfort object

Comfort Objects in Child Psychology: – Transitional object concept introduced by Donald Woods Winnicott – Aids in childhood development by transitioning from dependence to independence […]

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Comfort Objects in Child Psychology:
– Transitional object concept introduced by Donald Woods Winnicott
– Aids in childhood development by transitioning from dependence to independence
– Provides comfort and defense against anxiety
– Research supports benefits in calming children and aiding sleep

Therapeutic Use of Comfort Objects:
– Provided in traumatic situations to aid individuals
– Charities distribute comfort objects to disaster survivors
– Teddy bears distributed post-September 11 attacks for comfort
– Emergency vehicles equipped with stuffed toys for victims
– Comfort items like blankets given to survivors for support

Innovative Applications and Wearable Companions:
– Experimental wearable toy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
– Interactive and zoomorphic design to aid therapy sessions
– Acts as a social motivator for children
– Example: PlusMe wearable companion

Adult Use of Comfort Objects:
– Adults also benefit from comfort objects for mental well-being
– Security blankets are essential for some individuals
– Survey shows 35% of British adults sleep with a teddy bear
– Sony AIBO robotic pet decreases loneliness in the elderly
– Comfort objects can include representations of family and cultural items

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Comfort Objects:
– Attachment behavior towards objects varies globally
– Attachment rates differ between Western and other societies
– Study shows higher attachment rates in Western countries
– American children exhibit higher attachment rates than Korean children
– Urban Italian children have higher attachment rates compared to rural Italian children
– Common comfort objects across cultures include pacifiers, weighted blankets, worry beads, and good luck charms
– Specific to Japan, Dakimakura is a popular comfort object
– Influence of comfort objects in popular culture, like the ‘security blanket’ concept popularized by ‘Peanuts’
– References and further reading materials on comfort objects in child development and mental well-being

Comfort object (Wikipedia)

A comfort object, more formally a transitional object or attachment object, is an item used to provide psychological comfort, especially in unusual or unique situations, or at bedtime for children. Among toddlers, a comfort object often takes the form of a blanket (called a security blanket) or a stuffed animal, doll or other toy, and may be referred to by a nickname such as blanka.

Comfort objects are said to enable children to gain independence and research indicates that these objects have positive effects on children by reducing anxiety in later life.

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