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Cohesion, similarity and value in parent-child representations of Albanian and Serbian immigrant and Italian native children
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology.
2016 (English)In: Psychology. Journal of the Higher School of Economics, ISSN 1813-8918, Vol. 13, no 1, 192-213 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The study of parent-child representations across cultures is important in order to obtain a proper understanding of the attributes, size and positioning of such figures as indicators of different interaction patterns across cultures. A thorough base of research evidence for the interpretation of children’s drawings may facilitate work in multicultural educational settings and enhance our understanding of cultural diversity in schools. Italy provides an ideal context for the study of parent-child representations, as the country has witnessed increasing cultural diversity in recent years with the immigration of various ethnic groups. This study examined the extent to which this context influences children’s representations in domains of Cohesion (interpersonal bonding), Similarity (affinity) and Value (spatial relevance) among parent-child figures because these domains inform important representational processes of interpersonal bonding with parents across specific cultures. The Pictorial Assessment of Interpersonal Relationships (PAIR) was used to codify drawings of 326 children with Albanian (n = 59), Serbian (n = 85) and Italian (n = 182) backgrounds. The results showed that in drawings made by Albanian and Serbian children parental figures were drawn similar to and close to the child figure representing their less independent reciprocal stance. The parental figures drawn by Italian children appear bigger and farther apart. Important implications may be derived from the results in facilitating work in multicultural educational settings, by enhancing knowledge regarding cultural diversity in schools.

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2016. Vol. 13, no 1, 192-213 p.
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drawings, parent-child representations, Albanian and Serbian immigrant children, Italian children, PAIR
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130543OAI: diva2:930911
Available from: 2016-05-25 Created: 2016-05-25 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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