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Parent-Child Representations in Children’s Family Drawings in Bulgaria, Italy and the Netherlands
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology.
2016 (English)In: International Psychology Bulletin: A Publication of the Division of International Psychology (Division 52 of the American Psychological Association), Vol. 20, no 2, 34-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We investigated cultural variations in parent-child representations of Dutch (n = 112), Italian (n = 82), and Bul- garian (n = 121) children’s family drawings. The drawings were selected to represent highly individualistic (Dutch), individualistic (Italian), and collectivistic (Bulgarian) cul- tures. Using the Pictorial Assessment of Interpersonal Rela- tionships (PAIR, Bombi, Pinto, & Cannoni, 2007), all draw- ings were coded with regard to Cohesion, Distancing, Simi- larity, and Value in parent-child representations. Dutch chil- dren scored higher on Distancing and lower on Cohesion, compared to the Italian and Bulgarian children, whereas Bul- garian children scored higher on Cohesion and lower on Dis- tancing compared to the other two samples. We conclude that children’s drawings represent individualistic and collectivistic traits in the relationship between self and parental figures.

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American Psychological Association (APA), 2016. Vol. 20, no 2, 34-39 p.
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children’s drawings, parent-child representation, Bulgaria, Italy, the Netherlands
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132305OAI: diva2:951098
Available from: 2016-08-05 Created: 2016-08-05 Last updated: 2016-09-28Bibliographically approved

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