CEDH research article published in the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

Pedro Dias, researcher at CEDH/FEP, is the co-author of an article published in the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. The article, titled "Emotional and Behavioral Problems and Psychosocial Skills in Adolescents in Residential Care", presents a study carried out under the Ph.D. of the first author, Joana Campos, former student and collaborator of FEP, on the incidence of mental health problems and psychosocial skills in Portuguese adolescents integrated in residential care.

According with the abstract: “Research suggests that mental health problems in adolescents in residential care (RC) are more prevalent than for youth in the community, and that psychosocial competencies are protective factors of mental health. This study compared adolescents in RC in Portugal, with a Portuguese community sample on the incidence of mental health problems and psychosocial skills, explored gender differences and the relationships between mental health problems and psychosocial competencies. Four hundred and forty-three adolescents in RC participated. Results showed that the RC adolescents had higher levels of mental health problems lower academic achievement, a poorer social support network, but were more involved in sports and hobbies, household chores than the adolescents in the normative sample. Gender differences were observed. Psychosocial skills were negatively correlated with mental health problems. These findings indicate an urgent need in Portugal for early screening of mental health problems and socio-cognitive interventions for youth in RC.”

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January 2019