This work was supported by a grant from Shalem Fund
The current longitudinal study followed children who participated together with their mothers in a study conducted thirteen years ago and examined the relationships between the characteristics of their initial relationship with their mothers in childhood and the social-emotional abilities of today’s adolescents. The study method included research tools based on non-verbal expressions: the Joint Painting Procedure (JPP) allows interaction analysis of adolescents and their parents – and the Mirror Game (MG): analysis of movement and non-verbal communication during joint movement play with an experimenter. The use of these art-based research tools within a longitudinal design provides an understanding of the emotional-social world of an adolescent with ID at an age when these issues are at the center of development.
Keywords: intellectual disability, longitudinal study, parent-child relationship, mirror-game, joint painting.