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Med Wieku Rozwoj. 2006 Jul-Sep;10(3 Pt 2):949-60.

[Perception of self and parents of obese preschool children].

[Article in Polish]

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Katedra Psychologii Klinicznej Dziecka i Rodziny, WydziaƂ Psychologii, Uniwersytet Warszawski, ul. Stawki 5/7, 00-183 Warszawa, Poland. joanrad@psych.uw.edu.pl

Abstract

THE AIM of the study is to present characteristics of the sense of identity and mental representation of parents of obese preschool children.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

21 children with obesity and 24 children with normal weight were investigated using the Children's Apperception Test--CAT-A. The CAT-A consists of 10 black and white pictures presenting animals in different situations, significant in the child's development and functioning.

RESULTS:

Significant differences were found in the sense of identity of the examined children in the area of sense of mental distinctness as well as socio-emotional and sexual aspects of the sense of identity. The mental representations of parents were characterized by differences in accessibility and sense of continuity as well as socio-emotional, sexual and activity-related aspects of mental representation. The differences were connected with sex and body mass of the examined children.

CONCLUSIONS:

Therapeutic indications for clinical practice with obese children have been formulated: motivating the family as a whole to partake in the therapeutic process, necessity of early intervention, different modes of diagnosis and therapy for boys and girls, prophylactic care for obese girls as a potential risk group for eating disorders.

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