• Quote of the Day
    "For most people, transformation is slow. It happens without you realizing it."
    Marsha Linehan, posted by Daniel

David Baxter

Mar 26, 2004
Study finds 'imaginary friends' common
United Press International - December 07, 2004
SEATTLE, Dec 07, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A U.S. study of schoolchildren released Tuesday has found 65 percent of 7-year-olds have had an "imaginary friend" at some point.

University of Washington and University of Oregon psychologists recruited 152 preschoolers, ages 3 and 4, and their parents several years ago. Each child and parents were interviewed separately about imaginary companions. Three years later, 100 of those children -- 50 girls and 50 boys -- and their parents volunteered for the newly published study.

Imaginary companions described by the children came in a fantastic variety of guises, including invisible boys and girls, a squirrel, a panther, a dog, a 7-inch-tall elephant and a "100-year-old" GI Joe doll.

The number of imaginary companions described by children ranged from one to 13 different entities, and not all of them are friendly, as a number were reportedly quite uncontrollable and some were a nuisance, the researchers said.

Latest posts

Top Bottom