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Social Psychology and Society

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/sps

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One-parent family as agent of socialization: interrelation of mother’s conception of child’s psychological well-being and her strategies of coping with difficulties

Belinskaya E.P., Doctor in Psychology, Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, elena_belinskaya@list.ru
Dubovskaya E.M., Ph.D. in Psychology, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, Dubovskaya13@gmail.com
Abstract
The article is devoted to the issue of psychological characteristics of one-parent families. The family, in which a child is brought by one parent, now is becoming an important independent object of socio-psychological research. According to authors’ opinion, the subject of importance is not only the specifics of individual psychologi- cal characteristics of single-parent families, but also the interaction of these impor- tant characteristics. The authors chose the following socio-psychological variables for investigation: the mother’s perception of psychological well-being of her child, the nature of her coping strategies and style of upbringing. The authors revealed a variety of social and psychological characteristics of single-parent families. Thus, the parent strategy of positive reformulation of problems is involved as a way to see the positive aspects of the situation in the family and the relationship with the child on case of the lack of consistency in style of education and lack of inhibitions; and active coping strategies — with a focus on promotion rather than punishment in the child's behavior regulation. This work was supported by the Russian Science Foundation, project № 14-18-00598 «Patterns and mechanisms of positive socialization in modern children and teenagers».

Keywords: family coping with difficulties, psychological well-being, single-parent families, positive family socialization, parent-child relationships

Column: Empirical Research

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/sps.2016070303

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