Regarding childhood and adolescence two key elements defined developmental psychopathology: the focus on continuities and discontinuities over time, and continuities and discontinuities between normality and mental disorder. Literature has evidenced the major impact of adversity and risk factors on early childhood, when compared with adolescence, in psychopathology expression (Rutter, 2012) and maladaptative developmental pathways in adulthood. Thus, the importance of studying these factors in externalizing and internalizing problems emergence, focused on the first and main nuclear structure of influence in child and adolescent development: the family and, particularly, the parental figures. Thus, this research aims at analyzing the psychological clinical process of children and teenagers (6 to 28 years old) from the Psychology Pedagogical Clinic of University Fernando Pessoa since 2016 to present, searching for associations between parental risk factors and child psychopathology.
Project supported by:
- Fundação Ensino e Cultura Fernando Pessoa