Special Issue "Children and Adolescents’ Development: New Challenges and New Insights"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Adolescents".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.
Interests: peer aggression; peer victimization; aggressive-victims; cyberbullying; cyber-victimization; Social Networking Sites; school adjustment; family environment, risk factors; protective factors; forgiveness, perception of insecurity; victimization; wellbeing; psychosocial adjustment
Interests: cyber/violence; cyber/victimization; group relationships; forgiveness; psychosocial adjustment; adolescence
Social transformations have contributed to generating new transformations in children and adolescents’ development within the main socialization contexts: family, peers, school, and communities. For instance, the uses of the internet and social networking sites as communication tools have changed how they move quickly from the real world to the virtual world and vice versa. Consequently, maladjustment problems also show this continuity among online and offline scenarios. The growing complexity of our social reality is rapidly revealing new challenges in the lives of children, and all this challenges the influence of family, school, and community contexts.
On the other hand, these new challenges have become a subject of concern and interest from various fields, such as psychological, educational, social, health, and professional, in general, as well as from the research perspective in school and community contexts, especially during COVID-19, which has become one of the strongest stressors for children and adolescents. For this reason, a growing set of studies focused on children and adolescent new challenges are necessary for healthy development.
This Special Issue, therefore, aims to provide ideas for psychologists and other professionals that will allow them to respond to the demands of social and educational institutions, in order to promote children and adolescents’ wellbeing.
This Special Issue is open to high-quality contributions on the study of healthy development, especially those focused on children and adolescents and their socialization contexts. We invite authors to contribute research that addresses the influence of social determinants in adolescent adjustment and adaptation to this new environment.
Prof. Dr. Belén Martínez-Ferrer
Dr. Ana Romero-Abrio
Dr. Celeste León-Moreno
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- Emotional adjustment
- Psychological adjustment
- Social networking sites
- Social media
- Adolescent health
- High-Risk behavior
- Internet risks
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Psychosocial Adjustment Problems in Adolescents with Prob-lematic Use of Social Networking Sites
Authors: Ana Romero-Abrio1; Belén Martínez-Ferrer2; Celeste León-Moreno2,*; Juan Carlos Sánchez-Sosa3; Gonzalo Musi-tu2
Affiliation: 1 International University of La Rioja (UNIR)
2 Pablo de Olavide University (UPO)
3 Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL)
Abstract: Abstract: Research on the problematic use of social networking sites (PUSNS) in adolescents has increased in recent years. The aim of this study was to analyze the relationship between PUSNS and psychosocial adjustment variables in adolescents: family functioning, psychological distress and suicidal ideation, considering sex differences. Survey data from a sample of 8,115 mexican adolescents, aged between 11 and 16 years (M = 13.34; SD = 1.04) from the State of Nuevo León, were analyzed using a MANOVA 3x2. Results indicated that adolescents involved in PUSNS showed lower levels of family functioning and higher levels of psychological distress and sui-cidal ideation. It was also observed that girls with high levels of PUSNS also showed the lowest levels of family functioning and the highest levels of psychological distress and suicidal idea-tion. These results indicated that in adolescence PUSNS is related to important psychosocial ad-justment problems, with a higher incidence in girls than in boys. Finally, the results and their implications were discussed. Keywords: problematic use of social networking sites; family functionning; psychological dis-tress; suicidal ideation; adolescence