Mental representation of the Self and psychological functioning in children who are victims of violence: a pilot study

Author/s Chiara Ionio, Elvira Ripamonti
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/1 Language Italian
Pages 12 P. 111-122 File size 418 KB
DOI 10.3280/MAL2011-001006
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Past traumatic experiences connected to violence in childhood make it difficult for specialists to understand the inner world of child, their skills and problems. In pursuit of studying the psychological functioning and the representation of the Self of children victims of abuse, a pilot study has been conducted, making use of two methodologies; two questionnaires filled in by parents or educators (CBCL, Achenbach, 1991; PROPS, Greenwald, 1996) and Il Bambino nella Pioggia drawing test (Crocetti, 1991). The study, which involved 54 children (18 of the experimental sample and 36 of the control sample), from 5 to 13 years old, highlighted the actual utility of choosing a double information source in this area of study to understand the differences between the groups.

Keywords: Childhood violence, behaviour disorders, stress symptoms, Self representation

Chiara Ionio, Elvira Ripamonti, Rappresentazione mentale del Sé e funzionamento psicologico in bambini vittime di violenza: uno studio pilota in "MALTRATTAMENTO E ABUSO ALL’INFANZIA" 1/2011, pp 111-122, DOI: 10.3280/MAL2011-001006