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Psychological-Educational Studies

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Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

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Applying Repertory Grids in Complex Psychological and Psychiatric Expertise in Parents' Legal Disputes over Child Rearing 1004


Safuanov F.S.
Doctor of Psychology, Head of Chair of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Department of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia

Kulakov S.S.
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

The growing number of dysfunctional families causes the increasing number of civil litigation on the parenting (upbringing) of the child. In these families the relationship between the partners are high conflict. The actual problem is the study of the emotionalsemantic reactions of wives and husbands on the family traumatic situations. 20 parents of harmonious families and 30 parents of disharmonious families (which are in the process of divorce and determination of the place of residence of the child or the order of meetings of the child with the noncustodial parent) were surveyed by the rank grid test. It is shown that the application of the rank grid test in the study of high conflict and harmonious families allows to identify some features of the relationship of spouses to each other and the parents to the child. The specific of emotional response of adult family members to the traumatic situations associated with the behavior of a marriage partner and child is revealed. Types of the selected response: sthenic, ambivalent and asthenic, the latter two types have their substantial options.

Keywords: high conflict family; marital conflict; a forensic psychiatric examination; comprehensive judicial psychological-psychiatric examination; rank grid test; personal construct

Column: Clinical psychokogy and special needs


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