Psychosemiotic Analysis of Parental Attitude Towards Children of Mothers Suffering from Schizophrenia



Parental attitudes towards children are one of the key categories of parenting. With the aim to investigate the attitude of mothers who have schizophrenia towards their children we used psychosemiotic approach and the procedure of biclustering. We hypothesized that there are statistically significant differences in semantic operational parameters between mothers suffering from schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, and a control group. 30 participants of the clinical group ― mothers of children 0–18 y.o (Age (years): M=39.3, SD=7.54; Duration of psychiatric observation (years): M=10.45, SD=7.84) suffering from schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder were recruited from patients of the women’s ward of Moscow psychiatric hospital. 30 mothers of the control group were recruited according to the age of their children, similar to the age of the children’s age in the clinical group (Age: M=35.06, SD=4.97). Psychosemiotic analysis was applied to the texts of the semi-structured parental essay in the incomplete-sentence form (test “Рarental composition”). Statistical analysis confirmed the relevance of psychosemiotic parameters. The psychosemiotic analysis of the text with the procedure of biclustering showed that three of the lists of binary parameters: Opposition, Quality/Situation, Present/Future show regular combinations that differ in healthy and ill mothers, and the probability of accidental coincidences can be excluded. Combination “the absence of opposition, situatedness, the future time” was detected only in the texts of mothers of the clinical group. To our mind, it describes a weak parent who cannot withstand ambivalence and sees his child in the perspective of an abstract future.

General Information

Keywords: parental attitude, schizophrenia, psychosemiotic analysis, biclusterization

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) and Moscow city Government grant number 18-013-00921 А.

Acknowledgements. Materials used for experiments were collected by the students of Moscow State University of Psychology and Education ― Andrianova S.B., Juravleva E.V., Korneva A.A., Nyrkova A.A.

Received: 13.08.2021


For citation: Novikova-Grund M.V., Rusakovskaya O.A., Shvedovskaya A.A., Andrianova S.B. Psychosemiotic Analysis of Parental Attitude Towards Children of Mothers Suffering from Schizophrenia [Elektronnyi resurs]. Klinicheskaia i spetsial'naia psikhologiia = Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2021. Vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 118–136. DOI: 10.17759/cpse.2021100406.

Supplementary Material

The datasets generated during and/or analyzed during the current study are available in the RusPsyDATA repository:

Shvedovskaya, Anna; Rusakovskaya, Olga; Novikova-Grund, Marina; Andrianova, Svetlana (2021): Research database: Psychosemiotic Analysis of Non-Complete Sentences of Mothers Suffering from Schizophrenia. Psychological Research Data & Tools Repository. Dataset.


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Information About the Authors

Marina V. Novikova-Grund, PhD in Psychology, Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, Moscow International University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Olga A. Rusakovskaya, PhD in Medicine, Senior Researcher, Department of Forensic Psychiatric Examination in Civil Proceedings; Associate Professor, Educational and Methodological Department, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anna A. Shvedovskaya, PhD in Psychology, Head of Department of Information & Publishing Projects, Associate Professor, Age Psychology Department named after L.F. Obukhova, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Svetlana B. Andrianova, psychologist, N.A. Alexeev Psychiatric Clinical Hospital 1, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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