Vulnerable Children and Youth in Brazil

Innovative Approaches from the Psychology of Social Development

  • Débora Dalbosco Dell'Aglio
  • Silvia Helena Koller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Débora Dalbosco Dell’Aglio, Silvia Helena Koller
    Pages 1-6
  3. Contexts of Violence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Alessandra Marques Cecconello, Silvia Helena Koller
      Pages 9-25
    3. Jaqueline Portella Giordani, Naiana Dapieve Patias, Doralúcia Gil da Silva, Débora Dalbosco Dell’Aglio
      Pages 27-40
    4. Jeane Lessinger Borges, Débora Dalbosco Dell’Aglio
      Pages 41-54
    5. Samara Silva dos Santos, Andressa Sauzem Mayer, Suélem Lopes Silva
      Pages 55-75
    6. Jean Von Hohendorff, Debra Nelson-Gardell, Luísa Fernanda Habigzang, Silvia Helena Koller
      Pages 77-88
  4. Risk and Protective Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Luciana Cassarino-Perez, Juliana Prytula Greco-Soares, Débora Dalbosco Dell’Aglio
      Pages 105-121
    3. Maurício Pinto Marques, Luciano Alencastro, Rodrigo de Vargas Araújo
      Pages 123-140
  5. Vulnerability in Mother-Infant Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Aline Cardoso Siqueira, Daniele Dalla Porta, Marina Peripolli Antoniazzi, Suane Pastoriza Faraj
      Pages 169-188
  6. Institutional Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Eliane Lima Piske, Angela Adriane Schmidt Bersch, Maria Angela Mattar Yunes
      Pages 191-210
    3. Alex Sandro Gomes Pessoa, Jaqueline Knupp Medeiros, Débora Belizário da Fonseca, Linda Lienbeberg
      Pages 211-227
    4. Bruna Wendt, Jana Gonçalves Zappe, Juliano Beck Scott, Aline Cardoso Siqueira, Débora Dalbosco Dell’Aglio
      Pages 229-243
  7. Conflicts with the Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Alex Sandro Gomes Pessoa, Renata Maria Coimbra, Amity Noltemeyer, Dorothy Bottrell
      Pages 247-260
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 275-282

About this book


This book presents the results of researches conducted with children and youth at risk for over 20 years in Brazil. It addresses a series of topics related to children and youth living in poverty or in situations of social vulnerability, like family, sexual and dating violence; adolescent mothers and mothers who put their children for adoption; children and youth living in foster and institutional care; and adolescents involved in drug trafficking or incarcerated in juvenile detention centers.

Building upon the Bioecological Theory of Human Development, this volume emphasizes the innovative knowledge about psychosocial development of vulnerable children and youth produced in Brazil and aims to present theoretical and methodological approaches developed especially for the countries of the Global South, in an attempt to overcome the scientific divide between the North and South. Northern research agenda defines as global the theories, methodologies, and application of knowledge on social policies and interventions. However, the contexts, histories, and cultural processes are essential for producing and applying research knowledge according to specific regional characteristics, organizations, and conditions. Human development is related to contextual features and cannot be directly imported from one place to another.

Departing from these original theoretical and methodological approaches, the book also presents the results of evidence-based interventions, showing its effectiveness in specific contexts. All of this makes Vulnerable Children and Youth in Brazil – Innovative Approaches from the Psychology of Social Development a valuable tool for psychologists, educators, social scientists and public health professionals studying or working with children and youth at risk in different parts of the world, contributing to the understanding of human development in cultural context.  




Children at risk Youth at risk Children in poverty Children and youth in need Children and youth rights Children for adoption Social vulnerability Resilience Bioecological Theory of Human Development Family violence Violence at school Dating violence Sexual violence against children Drug trafficking Foster care Social stigma Psychology of Global South

Editors and affiliations

  • Débora Dalbosco Dell'Aglio
    • 1
  • Silvia Helena Koller
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology InstituteUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Psychology InstituteUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil

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