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Psychological Science and Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1814-2052

ISSN (online): 2311-7273


License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Started in 1996

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Development of Self Image in Orphanage Children during the First Three Years of Life 2251


Avdeeva N.N.
PhD in Psychology, Professor at chair of Developmental Psychology Name after L.F. Obukhova, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

The article presents study results on development of Self image in infancy and early childhood among orphanage children, comparing with the results of children nurtured in family. With infants, the method of mirror reflection perception was used. With elder children, wide range of methods was used, including: mirror reflection perception, recognition of one-self in photo, manifestation of the sense of ownership, gender identification, empathy, the ability to influence behavior of another person, attitude towards oneself. Findings indicate that orphanage children have significant retardation in development of main components of Self image: attitude towards oneself and representations about oneself. It is concluded that lack of full-fledged personality-oriented communication with adults during the first year of life inhibits formation of subjectness, which is the core structure in the Self image. In early childhood, retardation in shaping the representation about one-self, own possibilities and abilities in orphanage children worsens compared with children nurtured in families.

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