Developmental risks and psychosocial adjustment among low-income Brazilian youth

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Author list: Koller S, Raffaelli M, Cerqueira-Santos E, De Morais N A
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP): STM Journals
Publication year: 2007
Volume number: 19
Issue number: 2
Start page: 565
End page: 584
Number of pages: 20
ISSN: 0954-5794
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Exposure to developmental risks in three domains (community, economic, and family), and relations between risks and psychosocial well-being, were examined among 918 impoverished Brazilian youth aged 14-19 (M = 15.8 years, 51.9% female) recruited in low-income neighborhoods in one city in Southern Brazil. High levels of developmental risks were reported, with levels and types of risks varying by gender, age, and (to a lesser extent) race. Associations between levels of risks in the various domains and indicators of psychological (e.g., self-esteem, negative emotionality) and behavioral (e.g., substance use) adjustment differed for male and female respondents. Findings build on prior research investigating the development of young people in conditions of pervasive urban poverty and reinforce the value of international research in this endeavor.


Adolescents, Age factors, Brazil, Child behavior disorders, Depression


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