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Maternal and parental educational practices as predictors of social skills and behavior problems: reporting and observation study

Grant number: 19/21708-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): February 08, 2020
Effective date (End): July 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Human Development Psychology
Principal Investigator:Alessandra Turini Bolsoni-Silva
Grantee:Jéssica Aline Rovaris
Supervisor: Anne Marie Germaine Victorine Fontaine
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências (FC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Bauru. Bauru , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade do Porto (UP), Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:16/01264-0 - Parenting practices of fathers and mothers of children differentiated by sex and education, considering reporting and observation, BP.DR


Child behavior problems are considered risk factors for child health and development. On the other hand, social skills are considered as a factor of protection, health and child welfare. Recent studies have sought to investigate, within the scope of parenting practices, which variables directly influenced the issue of behavioral problems or social skills by children.Overall, in these studies, negative practices were predictors of behavioral problems and positive practices of social skills. In addition, social skills were identified as inversely proportional to behavioral problems. Considering the relevance of predictive studies for the elucidation of the variables that most influence childhood behaviors, it is considered important research that seeks to refine the statistical treatments used, as well as the increased control of the variables analyzed. In this sense, the aim of this study is, in the same sample, to develop predictive models for behavioral problems and social skills in children, including maternal and paternal educational practices assessed by report and observation.Seventy-one biological couples, mothers and fathers, who answered the CBCL, RE-HSE-P and QRSH questionnaires will participate in this study. They were also filmed during 15 minutes of interaction with their children in a playful situation. The filming data were tabulated and analyzed according to an observation protocol developed from RE-HSE-P.These analyzes are intended to be developed in partnership with Professor Anne Marie Fontaine, from the Doctoral Program in Psychology at the University of Porto, through an internship abroad. The acquired knowledge will allow the adoption of sophisticated statistical treatments, still little known and dominated by the present student. It is worth mentioning that the establishment of a partnership with the team of Professor Anne Marie Fontaine, may enable other research between the team of the referred professor and the Laboratory of Learning, Development and Health (LADS), Unesp. (AU)

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