Emotionally evaluative attitude of parents in the high conflict families to each other and the child



The increasing number of dysfunctional families causes an increase in the number of civil litigation on the education of the child, where the relationship between the persons are highly conflictual. The actual task is study the one of components in the structure of the psychological relationship - emotional and semantic constructs underlying semantic perception of each other and the child's parents. Examination of 42 testees (parents) from harmonious families and 54 testees (parents) during the forensic psychological and psychiatric examination (regarding the definition of child`s residence or the order of meetings for the child and the parent who don`t live with it) by methods "Geometric test of relations" and "Semantic Differential" showed that in families where is highly conflictual relationship, there is positive assessments of herself and her child, while assessment of the spouse (wife) characterized inversion. This negative attitude toward the spouse (wife) is not the other parent's negative characteristics. It is the ignoring the other parent's positive characteristics. The positive acceptance of all family members was revealed in harmonious families.

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Keywords: high conflict family; a comprehensive forensic psychological and psychiatric assessment; psychosemantics; psychological attitude; the image of the family; emotional and semantic constructs.

Journal rubric: Forensic and Clinical Psychology in Legal Context

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw.2016060412

For citation: Kulakov S. Emotionally evaluative attitude of parents in the high conflict families to each other and the child [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2016. Vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 126–141. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2016060412. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Sergey Kulakov, Researcher of the laboratory of psychology, Federal medical research center of psychiatry and addiction of the Ministry of health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0203-1332, e-mail: novik_010979@mail.ru



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