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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

Published 6 times a year

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Self-image in drawings by children from single-parent (divorced) families 1389

Sokolikova N.M.
PhD student, Child and family psychotherapy chair, Psychological counseling faculty, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

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.

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

Column: Developmental Psychology

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