Revista INFAD 2012


Nº1, Vol. 1, pp. 647-656 doi:  en trámite
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Promoting socially adjusted trajectories in late childhood and adolescence

Alice Murteira Morgado / Maria da Luz Vale-Dias.pp. 647-656


In this research we aim to analyze the development of socialization in order to identify some variables that can be considered as protective factors for socially adjusted behaviours, namely variables related to, individual, family and sociodemographic aspects. For this purpose, three self-report measures were administered to 182 children and adolescents attending school in Portugal from 6th to 9th grade. Results indicate that some individual factors (e.g. age and gender), socioeconomic status, as well as family relations should be considered when designing intervention programs that intend to promote prosocial behaviours and prevent antisocial behaviours.
This study points out to some factors that may allow us to anticipate vulnerabilities and strengths in late children’s and adolescents’ developmental trajectories. It is our belief that this investigation has the potential to enable more profound discussions around the role of family atmosphere, individual characteristics and living conditions in the development of social behaviours throughout childhood and adolescence.
Keywords: development, socialization, behaviour, children, adolescents, prevention

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