Imaginary Friends in Child Psychology


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If a child is experience a stressful transition, they may use an imaginary friend for which of the following purposes?

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1. The quiet self directed talk that we use to process information, build confidence, or reduce stress is known as which of the following?

2. Some children create imaginary friends by anthropomorphizing certain objects or animals, which is best described as what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Imaginary friends may help children develop certain skills, but belief in them may also be a red flag for future problems. This quiz and worksheet will assess your knowledge of how imaginary friends might develop as well as when children typically abandon them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will check your understanding of the following:

  • How a child might use an imaginary friend during a stressful situation
  • Another term for quiet, self directed talk that serves several purposes in adults
  • The way that children anthropomorphize objects or animals
  • What age children typically abandon their imaginary friends
  • When a parent should be concerned about their child's imaginary friends

Skills Practiced

These assets will use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on imaginary friends
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding childhood responses to stress and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the age that children typically stop believing in imaginary friends and when parents should be concerned

Additional Learning

Imaginary friends, though they are a common part of childhood development, may signal behavioral issues or other concerns. To learn more about the typical behaviors associated with imaginary friends and when parents should be concerned, review the lesson called Imaginary Friends in Child Psychology, which covers the following:

  • Why children my anthropomorphize objects or animals
  • What might cause an imaginary friend to no longer be needed
  • Whether a parent should be concerned about a child asking for an extra plate of food or other behaviors associated with imaginary friends