The “I” Boundaries and the Psychological Well-Being of Children Aged 2–10 Years Old



The article discusses the phenomena of a psychological health through such integrative concepts as "the psychological well-being" and "the “I” boundaries". Theoretical analysis shows the oppositional nature of the studied concepts. The “I” boundaries provide contacts with the outside world, while the psychological well-being is a resource state, which allows to preserve stability of the environment and a self-stability. The aim of the study is to identify statistically significant relationships between a well-being and psychological boundaries. Control and regulation of the “I” boundaries have backward correlation with psychological well-being, which can be explained as follows: the boundaries of I in its phenomenological sense suggests the presence of another man with his desires and needs, which may be diametrically opposite; psychological well-being, on the other hand, suggests a lack of strict rules and needs to follow the requirements. The “I” boundaries protection methods ( with adult’s help and the use of speech) and psychological well-being have positive correlation. The practical meaning of the study is to confirm the thesis that a child needs private time and space, which would be accepted and protected by adults. Thus, in order to maintain mental health in childhood it is presupposed to have a balance between the relationships with environment and at the same time, the possibility of privacy.

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Keywords: psychological health, psychological well-being, the “I” boundaries, control, regulation, methods of the “I” boundaries” protection

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Silina O. The “I” Boundaries and the Psychological Well-Being of Children Aged 2–10 Years Old [Elektronnyi resurs]. Klinicheskaia i spetsial'naia psikhologiia = Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2016. Vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 116–129. DOI: 10.17759/cpse.2016050308. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Olga Silina, Psychologist, preschool educational institution "Gymnasium", Pereslavl-Zaleski, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia, e-mail:



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