Self-image in drawings by children from single-parent (divorced) families



The article discusses the effects of parental divorce on self-image of primary school aged children. The article provides description of empirical study conducted with the use of drawings by children from single-parent families. The goal was to find out particularities of their self-image. The comparative analysis was conducted on self-image of children from intact or divorced families. Self-perception mapping criteria were marked off and analyzed. So evidence of traumatic consequences of divorce was studied. The results were presented regarding distinctions in self-image of children from the two types of families. Besides, gender differences of self-image displayed in drawings were marked off. The piece of work supports workability of drawing techniques for self-image studies. The obtained results may be used when providing counseling or correctional help to divorcing or divorced families for mitigating traumatic effect of parental divorce on self-image of primary school aged children, maintaining their mental health and emotional well-being.

General Information

Keywords: self-consciousness, self-image, parent-child relations, single-parent family, drawing as a diagnostical tool

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

For citation: Sokolikova N.M. Self-image in drawings by children from single-parent (divorced) families. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2009. Vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 45–51. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Natalya M. Sokolikova, PhD student, Child and family psychotherapy chair, Psychological counseling faculty, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, e-mail:



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