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Kapustin S.A. (2016) Using the results of the study of families with parent­child problems in the practice of counseling adults. Moscow University Psychology Bulletin, 1, 79-95

It was shown in our previous researches, that such styles of parenting, like overprotection and overexactingness, contribute to formation of three children abnormal personality types: oriented on external help, oriented on compliance of own behaviour with other people requirements and oriented on protest against such compliance. These personality types are the most important factors influencing the occurrence of parent­child problems. The present study included adults (n=54; age 18—40), who asked for psychological consultation with their personal problems. The analysis of consulting cases detected that 42 of 54 clients (78%) were educated with overprotection or overexactingness style of parenting in their childhood. These clients had the same abnormal personality types that had the children from families of psychological consultation clients with parent­child problems, educated with the same parenting style. It was shown, that abnormal personality types, formed in childhood, influenced the formation of large amount of personal problems in adulthood."

Received: 06/24/2015

Pages: 79-95

DOI: 10.11621/vsp.2016.01.79

Keywords: normal personality; abnormal personality; parenting styles; overprotection; overexactingness; parent-child problems; personal problems;

By: Kapustin, Sergey A.;

Available Online: 04/15/2016

Kapustin S. A.(2015). The use of existential criterion for assessing the personality of the overprotecting and overexacting parents in families of psychological consultation clients for parent-child problems. Moscow University Psychology Bulletin, 2, 51-62

The article presents the results of applying of existential criterion of normal and abnormal personality to assess the personality of the overprotecting and overexacting parents in 176 families, who visited psychological consultation. It is shown that the styles of parenting “overprotection” and “overexactingness” indicate the one-sidedness of parental position in the education of their children concerning the certain existential dichotomies. Overprotecting parent’s position is one-sided towards existential dichotomy help and autonomy. Overexacting parent’s position is one-sided simultaneously towards the three classical existential dichotomies: nature and culture, self-actualization and conventional values, determinism and self-determination. Test for assessment of interpersonal relations by Sobchik L.N. was used to identify the characteristics of interpersonal relationships progenitors with parents in childhood. M. Luscher’s test was used to identify the characteristics of parent personalities. The results of these tests allowed to suppose that such one-sided educational positions of the overprotecting and overexacting parents has been formed under the influence of “excessively interfering” educational progenitors positions, which were irrationally assigned and later reproduced in the education of their children in the form of overprotection and overexactingness. Pointed out special aspects of the educational positions of the overprotecting and overexacting parents allow us in accordance with existential criterion to conclude about the abnormality of their personality.

Received: 09/03/2014

Pages: 51-62

DOI: 10.11621/vsp.2015.02.51

Keywords: parent-child problems; normal personality; abnormal personality; existential dichotomy; parenting styles; overprotection; overexactingness;

By: Kapustin, Sergey A.;

Available Online: 06/30/2015


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