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THEMATIC LINES OF RESEARCH


Research developed by the CED group falls into three main thematic lines of research: individual and family systems, formal education settings, legal care and protection, and assessment. Within each line, several research projects are being developed, most of which are funded by different national and international entities:



individual and family systems


Title: Cognitive and emotional processes in the relationship between family conflicts and youth's self-representations

Onset and end (expected): October 2011 – December 2016

Funding: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (SFRH/BD/90345/2012)

Brief description: Through two studies, this project examines three issues, yet little explored, bout the self-representations of children and adolescents: 1) its construction in the context of interparental conflict; 2) in family contexts with abusive parenting practices (child/adolescent maltreatment and neglect); and, 3) self-representations implications to children and adolescents's psychosocial and academic functioning.

Principal Investigator: Carla Sofia Silva

Supervisor: Maria Manuela Calheiros, PhD (CIS/ISCTE-IUL)


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Title: Understanding Dad’s Involvement: is it just “cool and trendy” or does it really matter?

Onset and end (expected): 2013 - 

Brief description: What roles do fathers play in the family life today? How do antecedents and outcomes vary depending on individuals’ characteristics but also on the family ecology?  Although research has been rich in the last decades, we are far from understanding these dynamics. In this ongoing project we study this phenomenon from fathers perspective, but also account for mothers and children's characteristics (at behavioral, emotional and cognitive level), as well as for influences from the  work. 

Principal Investigator: Lígia Monteiro PhD (CIS/ISCTE-IUL)

Research team: Lígia Monteiro, Irina Branco, Carolina Santos


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Title: InBully Intervention program to bullies, bully-victims, and victims.

Onset and end (expected): November 2013 – September 2016

Brief description: This project aims to (i) understand the perception of young people about bullying and cyberbullying; (ii) identify the role of empathy, social and relational skills, psychosocial adjustment, social status in relation to peers and family functioning in youth involvement in bullying and cyberbullying; (iii) develop a mobile phone application (serious game) to promote empathy and prevent bullying; (iv) develop and evaluate an intervention program in traditional clinical setting for bullies.

Principle Investigator: Maria de Jesus Candeias

Research team: Cátia Raminhos, Ana Paula Claudio, Beatriz Carmo (Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa); Maria de Jesus Candeias, Susana Carvalhosa, Augusta Gaspar (CIS / ISCTE-IUL);

Supervisor: Susana Carvalhosa, PhD (CIS / ISCTE –IUL)

Co-supervisor: Shery Bauman (Universidade do Arizona, New México).  


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Title: Father's contributions to children's social involvement in the peer world

Funding: CIS-IUL

Onset and end (expected): 2014

Brief description: Trying to understand why children fail to participate in social transactions with their classmates is fundamental, since they are less effective in achieving developmental, social and academic milestones, than are their more engaged peers. Although we know that parenting is one component of this puzzle, (for e.g., these parents tend to express less positive affect, display overprotective and intrusive behaviors), little is know about father’s contributions to this phenomenon, during the early years of life. This project aims to study father’s involvement in child related activities, and the quality of parenting behaviors to better understand father’s contributions to children’s low social engagement.

Principal Investigator: Lígia Monteiro PhD (ISCTE-IUL)

Research team: Irina Branco


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Title: The (in)consistent exercise of authority by the most influential adult in the family, school and community contexts, and the internalization of social norms for pre-teens

Onset and end (expected): January 2015 – December 2020

Brief description: In this project, two studies will be conducted to evaluate the effects of (in)consistent authority use by adults from family, school and community contexts on the internalization of social norms for pre-teens. (In)consistent authority use will be analyzed in the continuum between control and autonomy support. The internalization of social norms will be evaluated using indicators such as substance use, antisocial behavior, self and prosocial behavior.

Investigador Principal: Francisco Simões

Supervisor: Maria Manuela Calheiros, PhD (CIS / ISCTE –IUL)

Co-supervisor: Madalena Alarcão, PhD (FPCE – Universidade de Coimbra)


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Title: ParentNets - Training Parents for detecting and preventing risks on social networks and internet

Onset and end (expected): 2014 – 2020

Funding: European Comission, Erasmus +, 2014-1-ESO1-KA204-004835

Brief description: The main objective is to cover a necessity addressed in the on-line environment. Many young people are interacting electronically through tools that their parents are not aware of its working and risks, therefore, are not able to control. ParentNets aims to be innovative, as there are no programs so far as broad and specific in the field of adult education on this topic. We want them to know more about the activities their children develop on the Internet, with particular emphasis on the detection and prevention of the risks that the new technologies have for the youngest. We will produce a website contending a Multimedia Handbook and an Interactive game, to make the learning as appealing and easy as possible.

Principal investigator/Portugal: Susana Fonseca Carvalhosa, PhD (PT, ISCTE-IUL, CIS-IUL)

Research team: Maria de Jesus Candeias (PT, CIS-IUL), Carlos Carvalhos (PT), Amador Ordonez (ES), James O'Higgins Norman (IE), Yuliya Shakalisava (IE), Javier Perez (ES), Salamon Eszter (BE), Dorina Goiceanu (RO)



Formal education settings

 

 

Title: Emotional intelligence and prejudice in preschool children - from evaluation to intervention 

Onset and end (expected): Janeiro 2013 – Março 2017  

Principal Investigator: Carla Marisa Candeias Colaço

Supervidor: Joana Alexandre, PhD (CIS/ISCTE -IUL)


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Title:   Bullying in the Angolan school context: Research and intervention

Onset and end (expected): January 2013 - March 2017  

Brief description: The project aims to analyze the conceptions of students, teachers, parents, police brigade agents and other professionals about the bullying; seeks to identify the risk and protective factors associated with this phenomenon for further elaboration and implementation of preventive strategies appropriate to the Angolan context, in order to reduce bullying and to promote the well-being of students.

Principal Investigator: Júlia Kalahari Portela Mendes 

Supervisor: Susana Carvalhosa, PhD (CIS/ISCTE-IUL)


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Title: Curriculum & Quality Analysis and Impact Review of European Early Childhood Education and Care

Onset and end (expected): January 2014 – December 2016

Brief description: CARE is an EU-funded project dedicated to the Curriculum and Quality Analysis and Impact Review of European Early Childhood Education and Care. The research consortium conducting this project is composed of Universities in 11 countries, covering all regions of Europe, including ISCTE-IUL, in Portugal. CARE aims to develop an evidence-based and culture-sensitive European framework of developmental goals, quality assessment, curriculum approaches, and policy measures for improving the quality and effectiveness of early childhood education and care.

Principal Investigator: Consortium Coordinator: Paul Leseman (Utrecht University)

Coordinator at ISCTE-IUL: Cecília Aguiar, PhD

Research team: Cecília Aguiar, Clara Barata, Joana Cadima


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Title: Participation, quality and social cognitive development: prom the rights plan to the empirical evidence

Onset and end (expected): November 2014 - October 2018

Funding: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Reference: SFRH/BD/96012/2013)

Brief description: The project aims to investigate (1) ways to operationalize children participation in pre-school settings, (2) how the participation is associated with quality assessment measures, (3) the perceptions of children and educators on participation, and (4) the existence of associations between the degree of children participation and a set of individual skills.

Principal Investigator: Nadine Correia

Research team: Nadine Correia, Cecília Mota Aguiar, Fausto Amaro

Supervisors: Cecília Mota Aguiar, PhD (CIS-IUL, ISCTE-IUL), Fausto Amaro, PhD (CAPP, ISCSP-UTL)


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Title: Maternal sensitivity, family risk and social competence in pre-school context: Mediation of emotion regulation and moderation of teacher-child interactions

Onset and end (expected): December 2014 – November 2018

Funding: Portugues Foundation for Science and Technology (SFRH/BD/92248/2013)

Brief description: This study was designed in order to test a conditional process model, in which the direct and indirect effects (via emotional regulation) of family factors in social skills, behavior problems and social acceptance of children in pre-school context, is moderated by the quality of teacher-child interactions.

Principal Investigator: Margarida Fialho

Supervisors: Cecília Aguiar, PhD, Lígia Monteiro, PhD (CIS/ISCTE-IUL)

Co-supervisor: Francisco Esteves, PhD



Legal and care protection

 

 

Title: Psychosocial and academic functioning of adolescents in residential care: the mediating and moderating role of socio-cognitive, relational and contextual variables

Funding: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Reference: SFRH / BD / 77554 / 2011)

Onset and end (expected): October 2011 – December 2015

Brief description: This project aims to explore the psychological, social and academic functioning of adolescents in residential carein Portugal, through three national studies. A longitudinal study aims to examine the relationship between maltreatment and neglect and adolescents' functioning, testing the mediating effects of socio-cognitive variables, and the moderating role of relational variables. In the second and third studies context/environment related variables are explored and its relationship with adolescents' adjustment.

Principal Investigator: Eunice Magalhães

Supervisor: Maria Manuela Calheiros, PhD (CIS/ISCTE-IUL)


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Title: The social images of institutionalized children and young people

Funding: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT-CAPES/311/Programa 13/Medida 004/Project 6818/2013)

Onset and end (expected): March 2013 – March 2015

Brief description: This project addresses three key issues still little explored in the literature on children and youth in long term residential: 1) their social image; 2) the social image on their development contexts - the institution and their family, and, 3) the images' variability social sources and how they are socially and culturally constructed.

Principal Investigator: Maria Manuela Calheiros, PhD (Portugal, CIS/ISCTE-IUL) and Débora Dalbosco Dell’Aglio, PhD (Brasil, NEPA/UFRGS)


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Title: The images of institutionalized youth and its impact on their self-representations and wellness

Funding: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (PTDC/MHC-PSC/4122/2012)

Onset and end (expected): January 2013 - July 2015

Brief description: This project focuses on youths’ self-representation construction and its impact on their psychological health. It is structured in four studies that aim to: 1) develop an instrument to measure the social images of youth in residential care; 2) examine the social images of youth in residential care; 3) analyze the effect of others’ actual appraisals and reflected appraisals in the construction of youths’ self-representation, considering a set of possible individual and contextual level variables as moderators; and 4) explore the relationship between others’ actual appraisals and youths’ psychological health, considering the mediating role of self-representation and sense of community, the moderating role of personal and contextual level variables.

Principal Investigator:  Maria Manuela Calheiros, PhD (CIS/ISCTE-IUL)

Research team: Margarida Vaz Garrido, PhD; Diniz Lopes, PhD (CIS/ISCTE-IUL)

 

 

Other projects

 

Title: Psychological well-being perception in Portuguese children and adolescents

Funding: CIS-IUL (parcial funding)

Onset and end (expected): September 2014 – June 2015

Brief description: The ISCWeB Children's Worlds project (http://www.isciweb.org/) was developed by the International Society of Child Indicators (ISCI). Through a quantitative methodology, we intend to collect data on the lives of children attending the 3rd, 5th and 7th years, "white" and "black", on their daily activities, as well as  about their time use and their perceptions of their own well-being in different countries. The Portuguese sample will be representative of children in three regions of continental Portugal: Cávado, Greater Lisbon and Greater Porto.

Principal Investigator: Liliana Fernandes (Universidade Católica do Porto)

Research team: Joana Alexandre (CIS/ISCTE-IUL), and Paulo Dias (Universidade Católica de Braga)

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Title:
ABOTA - neighborhood actions to job opportunities and autonomy

Funding: Banco Barclays

Onset and end (expected): October 2014 – December 2014

Brief description: The ABOTA project - Neighborhood actions for Work Opportunity and Ibisco Theatre Autonomy (http://ibisco.org/abota/) - Interbairros Theatre for Social Inclusion and Optimism culture aims to combat the scourge of unemployment with populations from social vulnerability areas of Loures municipality, promoting actions of personal, social and professional training, following a methodology of participatory and integrated action. 

Principal Investigator: Rogério Roque Amaro (ISCTE-IUL)

Research team: Joana Alexandre (CIS/ISCTE-IUL)

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Title:
StopBully: a mobile app to prevent bullying and promote empathy

Funding: CIS, ISCTE-IUL & FCUL

Principal Investigator: Susana Fonseca Carvalhosa, PhD (CIS/ISCTE-IUL) and Ana Paula Cláudio (FCUL)

Research team: Maria Beatriz Carmo, Augusta Gaspar, Maria de Jesus Candeias, Cátia Raminhos

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Title:
Bullying behaviors and perceived neighborhood cohesion

Funding: CIS, ISCTE-IUL

Principal Investigator: Susana Fonseca Carvalhosa, PhD (CIS/ISCTE-IUL)


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Title:
Retrospective school bullying and their long-term implications

Funding: CIS, ISCTE-IUL

Brief description: Relationship between school bullying experiences, and later self-esteem, social support and well-being, controlling for gender and adult SES

Principal Investigator: Susana Fonseca Carvalhosa, PhD (CIS/ISCTE-IUL)



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