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z-ratta (36)The IF (Invisible Friend) Project is devoted to exploring the wild and wonderful ways children relate to the “see-through” world around them. Our team has interviewed children in 5 countries: US, Kenya, Nepal, Malawi, and in the Dominican Republic.

Cover of Invisible Companions by J. Bradley Wigger

In addition to interviewing children and parents about imaginary companions, we have asked them about other invisible beings, from angels and gods to ancestors, spirits, fairies, and even Santa Claus, depending on the culture.

A book based upon the project is now out. Stanford University Press Link or Amazon Link 

 See also Publications page for more resources.

J. Bradley Wigger, Project Director