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Burlakova N.S. (2013). Identification with «father figure» in the context of child self-identity at 3-5 year age. National psychological journal. 4 (12), 44-55.

The paper presents a theoretical analysis of the role of identification with «father figure» on a par with its symbolic functions in the development and formation of child self-identity. Particular attention is paid to the potential application of cultural historical psychology and modern psychotherapeutic approach in studying the processes of internalization and identification. The empirical study was conducted in 3-4 and 4-5 years children using Children’s Apperception Test (CAT) by S. Bellak and L. Bellak. the Methods of phenomenological analysis were used, elements of content analysis were applied to the results of perception, projective comments and stories of children after the third CAT table by S. Bellak and L. Bellak was produced to them, and also qualitative analysis of child behaviour are presented. The results have revealed the change of «father figure» perception, which is an external marker of identification deeper processes. Particular material gives basis to discuss qualitative transformation of «father figure» identification taking into account age-related categories, and also the mechanism of identifying and assigning the appropriate emotional experience. By identifying the «father figure» as prior aggressive category the child affirmation receives a meaningful and socially accepted form of manifestation that marks an important stage in the development of self-identity.

Received: 12/15/2013

Accepted: 12/23/2013

Pages: 44-55

DOI: 10.11621/npj.2013.0406

Keywords: development; self-identity; self-consciousness; identification; father figure; dialogic approach; projection; stories of children of preschool age; CAT;

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Available Online: 12/30/2013


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