Parenting and children's representation of interpersonal relations: foreign research review



The article provides an overview of the Western empirical research dealing with various types of individual internal representations, emerging and/or functioning in the child-parent relationship. Representations are understood as forms of experience and self-images, images of others and interpersonal relationships. The review introduces the representations as parameters of attachment, characteristics of attributive style and models of the «psychic», and also as more sectional aspects of reflection of interpersonal interactions. Researches are systemized on the principle of consideration of links between representations of children and parents with personal characteristics, behavior practices, general well-being and with each other. In conclusion, the overview of the current state of events in the area is highlighted, the dominance of attachment theory is emphasized, the absence of uniformity in the study of different themes is singled out, the poorly studied theoretical and methodological difficulties are described.

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Keywords: mental representation, interpersonal relations, child-parent relationships, attachment theory, attribute-centric style, theory of mind.

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology


For citation: Yaroshevskaya S.V. Parenting and children's representation of interpersonal relations: foreign research review [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2017. Vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 36–45. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2017060204. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Svetlana V. Yaroshevskaya, Junior Research Fellow, Laboratory of Scientific Foundations of Child Practical Psychology, Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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