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Mar 29, 2019

27th European Congress of Psychiatry

11 - STUDY OF THE RELATIONSHIP OF BEHAVIOR, SELF-CONCEPT AND ATTACHMENT ON INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILDREN

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behavior

self-concept

attachment

institutionalized children

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behavior

self-concept

attachment

institutionalized children

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Background and Aims: Institutionalization means a cut, absence or dysfunctionality of the relationship with parental figures and leads to the creation of new ties and new processes of attachment. This study aims to evaluate the association between sociodemographic variables and behavior, self-concept, and relationships of institutionalized children and adolescents. Methods: The sample of this exploratory study included 32 institutionalized children aged between 9 to 17 years (M = 14.56; SD = 2.21). They were assessed through the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale 2, the Inventory on Adolescent Bonding and the Inventory Child Behavior Checklist from Achenbach. Results: Existence of significant relationship between years of institutionalization and maternal figure – alienation and differences in the degree of communication between young people and mothers according to age [M (9-15) = 19.50; M (16-17) = 13.50]. Reproaches in school were related to behavior problems, alienation from friends, and lack of energy. Self-concept was related both to maternal attachment and to attachment with friends. The more popular the children felt, the less alienation from friends, but also the less communication. Conclusion: Attachment was associated with self-concept, years of institutionalization, and age, emphasizing the importance of intervention and reinforcement of bonds with significant others from early ages. This study found a high number of reproaches and their association with behavior problems, alienation from friends and lack of energy which means that the fragile situation of these children may have a significant impact on their social, emotional, and occupational future.

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