Social networks, stressful events and maladjustment in the lives of vulnerable children and adolescents | Rede de apoio, eventos estressores e mau ajustamento na vida de crianças e adolescentes em situação de vulnerabilidade social

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Author list: Koller S
Publisher: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota
Publication year: 2012
Volume number: 11
Issue number: 3
Start page: 779
End page: 791
Number of pages: 13
ISSN: 1657-9267
Languages: Portuguese-Portugal (PT-PT)


Two groups of at risk children and adolescents (N = 98; 11-18 years)
were compared in terms of social networks, stressful events, and
maladjustment and the moderating effects of social network
characteristics (size and proximity) on the association between
stressful life events and maladjustment evaluated. G1 consists of street
adolescents and G2 of those living with their families. Data were
collected using the ecological engagement method and standardized
instruments. Results indicated group differences in characteristics of
social networks: street adolescents (G1) had more contacts and proximity
with friends/neighbors/relatives than youth in family situations (G2).
Street adolescents also reported higher levels of stressful events and
maladjustment. Family proximity moderated the association between
stressful life events and maladjustment, suggesting that social programs
should be provided to strengthen vulnerable families.


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