Eventos estresantes e indicadores de ajuste en adolescentes en situación de vulnerabilidad social en Brasil

Normanda Araujo de Morais, Sílvia Helena Koller, Marcela Raffaelli

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This study aimed to characterize different profiles of children and adolescents (11-18 years old), living in situations of social vulnerability (one group of street children and adolescents - G1 and one group living with their families - G2). G1 and G2 (n = 98) were characterized according to risk (stressful events), and adjustment (physical health symptoms, drug use, sexual risk taking behavior, suicidal behavior and positive/negative affect and comparative analysis between the groups was conducted. The association of stressful events and social support networks with maladjustment was tested. Results showed that G1 experienced a larger number of stressful events and lower indicators of adjustment (with the exception of positive affect) than G2. Only the number of stressful events was independently associated with maladjustment.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)787-806
Number of pages20
JournalUniversitas Psychologica
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • Adjustment
  • Children and adolescents in vulnerable situations
  • Risk factors
  • Street children and adolescents
  • Stressful events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology

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