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ERIC Number: ED165870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Conjoint Drawings of Identical and Fraternal Twins: A Pilot Study.
Rehmann, Jacqueline T.
Drawings designed by three identical and three fraternal, normal, 6- and 7-year-old twin pairs are inspected for signs of a struggle for individual identity. Each twin must go through the process of becoming aware of him/herself as separate from the mother and must individuate from his/her twin as well. Interdependence may retard maturation. In the case of identical twins, the individuation process may be more complicated than it is among fraternal twins. Artwork is a reflection of ego integration and adequate functioning. Spatial relations, organization of the elements within the picture and symbolic representations demonstrate the ability of the ego to integrate unconscious material with reality. In the conjoint task of producing a drawing together, the dynamic interplay between the members drawing the picture enhances the potential of the art production as a graphic illustration of dimensions of the twinship. Comparison of the drawings of identical and fraternal twins and their behaviors in the drawing situations indicates that identical twins may have more anxiety and exhibit more rivalry than fraternal twins. Therapist determination of the relation of pathology to the twinship relation is a matter requiring further study. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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