Correlation of social anhedonia and social anxiety with difficulties in mentalization orphans



The purpose described in Article pilot study — determine the level of capacity for mentalization, social anxiety, social anhedonia in orphaned children. Were examined two groups of adolescents: 20 teenage orphans, orphans (10 boys and 10 girls; mean age — 14.6 years) and 18 adolescents living in families (12 boys and girls aged 6, mean age — 14 years ). According to the survey, you can draw preliminary con clusions: 1) teenage orphans are often mistaken in identifying and determining the status of another person that can speak about the shortage of capacity for mental ization; 2) the level of social anxiety in adolescents without parents is higher than that of their peers from families; 3) The rate of social anhedonia in adolescents orphaned by 1.5 times higher than in adolescents from families; 4) There were sig nificant inverse correlations ability to mentalization and indicators of social anhe donia and social anxiety. It is necessary to consider the data to practical psycholog ical work with adolescents from orphanages.

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Keywords: оrphans, adolescents, mentalization, social anxiety, social anhedonia

Journal rubric: Empirical Researches

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Volikova S.V., Avakyan T.V. Correlation of social anhedonia and social anxiety with difficulties in mentalization orphans. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2014. Vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 155–167. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Svetlana V. Volikova, PhD in Psychology, psychologist, Russian University of Transport (MIIT), Assistant Professor at the Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Chair, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Tamara V. Avakyan, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor at the Chair of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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