Alexandra Maftei

Alexandra Maftei
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza | UAIC · Department of Psychology and Education Sciences

Doctor of Psychology

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Research interests: Moral psychology, moral licensing mechanisms, surrogacy and IVF, children's perception of happiness, moral development, special educational needs, disability, parenting styles, attachment, ethics.

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Previous studies suggested that controlling parenting behaviors and higher social media use seem to be associated with several internalizing problems, such as anxiety or rejection sensitivity. In the present study, based on the Tripartite Sociocultural Influence Model and the Sociocultural Model of Disordered Eating, we investigated the mediating r...
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The present study aimed to evaluate how PTSD symptomatology and general daily stress predict anxious driving behavior. A sample of 119 drivers in their first year of obtaining a driving license who were implicated in a minor or major car crash (caused by them or as a victim/witness) in the last year participated in this study (50.9% men, Mage = 23....
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As a post-communist country still transitioning from a culture of segregation of people with disability, Romania marks a distinct cultural space for studying the attitudes toward intellectual disability. In the current study, we investigated a prediction model which included age, gender, and religiosity as variables accounting for the variations in...
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Exploring and understanding the different views related to disability is essential for developing effective educational programs to reduce the related stigma and prejudice. Our study aimed to explore the spontaneous representations of disability and causal related beliefs in a sample of Romanian preadolescents and understand them through the lenses...
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The present study aimed to broaden the knowledge about the personal and parental factors associated with teenagers' efforts to actively engage in the developmental task of vocational preparation. We investigated the associations between parental career-related behaviors (i.e., parental support, interference, and lack of engagement), adolescents' ca...
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Cyberbullying represents repeated and intentional aggression through digital devices and implies multiple roles: cyberbullying perpetrators, cyber-victims, active witnesses (cyber-defending), and cyber-passive bystanders. The present study aimed to assess the predictive function of personal (e.g., humor style) and social factors (e.g., peer norms,...
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The present study investigated the associations between social media use integration and Technological Intimate Partner Violence (TIPV) while also exploring the mediating role of the three dimensions of jealousy and the moderating role of moral absolutism. Our sample consisted of 404 adults aged 18 to 59. The results indicated a significant positiv...
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The present research investigated the COVID-19 representation and its implications on children's psychological health. We used multiple perspectives to explore this issue, i.e., children's (N=50, age range 8-10), parents' (N=100, age range 28 to 54), and teachers' (N=2, age 22 and 26) viewpoints, in a short longitudinal approach (Time 1 – November...
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The present study aimed to explore the link between intercultural sensitivity, the four dimensions of cyberbullying, i.e., aggression, victimization, cyber-defending, and passive bystander behavior), and religious education as a formal study discipline in schools. Our sample consisted of 241 high school students (M=18.54, SD=.49, 61% males). Our re...
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Previous research investigated the role of social media use and perceived socio-cultural pressure as predictors of the endorsement of ideal body stereotypes. However, not much has been explored concerning cognitive fusion and its role within this framework. The current study investigated social media use as a predictor of ideal body stereotypes and...
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The present research aimed to explore the indirect effect of self-compassion on the relationship between two dimensions of intolerance of uncertainty (i.e., prospective and inhibitory anxiety) and life satisfaction. One hundred sixty-four Romanian adult participants formed our sample from the country's eastern side. Their ages ranged between 18 to...
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Patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were included among high-risk groups for more severe manifestations in case of COVID-19 infection and higher risk of mortality. The current study aims to (1) examine the relationship between death obsession, religiosity, and fear of COVID-19 among type 2 diabetes patients, and (2) assess if religiosity modera...
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The primary aim of this research was to explore the participants’ perception of inclusive toys (i.e., toys with disabilities) as suitable playing tools for preschool children and their willingness to buy such toys. Our cross-sectional design involved 738 Romanian adults aged 18 to 61 (M=29.72). We used ten images containing toys with and without di...
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The moral licensing literature suggests that representing oneself as moral in the past or the future motivates current immoral behavior. These licensing effects are moderated by psychological distance, which depends, among others, on the concrete vs. abstract nature of the self-representations and temporal distance. Across two studies, we explored...
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Volumul de fata se adreseaza tuturor celor interesati sa inteleaga complexitatea fenomenului de constructie si dezvoltare a stirilor false. Consideram ca in prezent acest fenomen este foarte extins si foloseste dintre cele mai diverse mecanisme pentru a-si creste autoritatea ca sursa informationala. Asadar, avem de-a face cu un fenomen care nu este...
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The present research investigated children and adolescents’ explicit and spontaneous representation of the COVID-19 pandemic and their related emotions, cognitions, and coping strategies. We explored the self-reported protective factors and coping mechanisms, in addition to similar attributional emotional experiences, i.e., the ways participants ev...
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The present study focused on the link between the attitudes towards genetic testing and views on selective reproduction choices following genetic testing. First, we explored the potential demographical (age, gender, number of children, relationship status) and personal factors (perceived morality, religiosity, parenting intentions, instrumental har...
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False news is a fairly common phenomenon today that interferes with people's lives, regardless of age, and it can significantly impact the lives of children and adolescents. We conducted a study highlighting how children perceive fake news and their related experiences with this phenomenon. Our sample consisted of 193 children and adolescents aged...
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In our pilot cross-sectional study, we aimed to explore the associations between guilt and shame proneness and moral cleansing endorsement. Our sample consisted of 484 adults (73.3% females), aged 18 and 53 (M=24.09, SD=7.32). We used a novel approach to explore moral cleansing mechanisms, i.e., a two-item scale assessing behavioral cleansing endor...
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In our pilot cross-sectional study, we aimed to explore the associations between guilt and shame proneness and moral cleansing endorsement. Our sample consisted of 484 adults (73.3% females), aged 18 and 53 (M=24.09, SD=7.32). We used a novel approach to explore moral cleansing mechanisms, i.e., a two-item scale assessing behavioral cleansing endor...
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Though not having children is no longer as unusual as it once was, voluntary childlessness is still a controversial choice that might generate moral outrage against people who choose not to have children. The current study explored the associated factors related to the attitudes towards voluntary childlessness in a sample of 418 adults aged 18 to 8...
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The current research explored the predictive power of an adapted version of the moral disengagement scale, focused exclusively on online behaviors, along with age, relationship length and type (i.e., close or long-distance), Facebook addiction, and relationship satisfaction. Our sample consisted of 111 young heterosexual Romanian women aged 18 to 3...
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Online moral disengagement and cyberbullying can enhance fake news spreading. We explored the links between these variables and compulsive Internet use in a sample of 509 teenagers and adults aged 11 to 67. We investigated the effect of compulsive Internet use on cyberbullying through fake news creation and/or distribution, both direct and via mora...
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The present study explored the associated factors of intimate partner violence through technological abuse (ITPV) in a sample of 1113 participants aged 18 to 65 (71.3% females). Our research’s primary questions were the following: 1). Is there a significant link between relationship attachment styles and ITPV perpetration or victimization?; 2). Is...
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In the current exploratory study, we investigated participants' willingness to vaccinate against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that shook up the world since the beginning of 2020. More specifically, we tested the mediating role of conspiracy beliefs on the relationship between COVID-19 threat perception and participants' willingness to vaccina...
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Objective: In the current study, we explored the links between social networking activity, eating attitudes (EA), anxiety, and depression among adolescents. Design: We used a cross-sectional design. Methods and Main outcome: Our sample consisted of 532 males and females, aged 12 to 15 (M=13.55, SD=.90), from the Eastern side of Romania. We analyze...
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Previous research suggested that unethical amnesia occurs when adults repress their memories about unethical behavior to reduce the associated psychological distress. We explored this mechanism in a sample of 354 children aged 8 to 11, interested in finding whether children would remember with higher accuracy positive and moral behaviors compared t...
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The present study explored the relationship between attitudes toward transgender individuals and the judgments people make in transgression scenarios involving transgender and cisgender individuals of different ages in a sample of 184 Romanian students. We used a mixed-method approach (quantitative and qualitative) and tested the effect of gender i...
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În acest capitol vom descrie Theraplay, una dintre cele mai eficiente terapii centrate pe reglare fizică, emoţională şi reechilibrare. Este o formă de terapie prin joc captivantă şi interactivă, ce pune accent pe evidenţierea calităţilor copiilor şi dezvoltarea lor optimă, bazându‑se în principal pe teoria ataşamentului şi principiile sale deriv...
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In the present study, we explored the mediating effects of depression from COVID-19 (DEP-COVID) and self-esteem (S-EST) on the relationship between fear of COVID-19 (F-COVID) and future career anxiety (C-ANX) in high-school and university students (N=470, M=20.17, SD=2.02, 63.04% females). We were interested in exploring these relationships in both...
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We were interested in exploring the associations and effects of experimental language (i.e., native – L1, or foreign – L2), dilemma type (i.e., personal – D1 or impersonal – D2), the digital device participants used (i.e., PC/laptop or smartphone), along with gender and age in sacrificial COVID-19 and non-COVID moral dilemmas. We performed two stud...
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Previous research on adults' moral licensing and cleansing suggested the moderating role of psychological distance: psychologically close actions generate behavior opposite in valence that would restore moral balance, while distant actions motivate similar behaviors, as they are abstractly conceptualized as identity features. We adapted an experime...
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In the current research, we aimed to investigate whether there are significant differences in participants' attitudes towards adults with disabilities (AWD) and children with disabilities (CWD). We also explored a series of demographical factors (i.e., gender, age, educational level, parental status, contact with a friend or a family member with a...
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The present study's primary aims were a) to explore non-disabled adults' spontaneous representation of disability and the specific associations related to adults and children with disabilities; to investigate participants' general perception of specific inclusive educational practices and the potential impact of contact with disabled individuals on...
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In the present exploratory study, our primary aim was to explore whether knowledge about the fast-fashion industry's harmful effects would significantly impact participants' shopping intentions (i.e., eco or fast-fashion items products). Using an experimental approach, we created a virtual clothing shop and allowed participants to win, through a ra...
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Cuvânt introductiv; Capitolul I. Repere introductive în psihologia morală a copiilor: I.1. Teoria lui Jean Piaget privind dezvoltarea morală a copiilor; I.2. Perspectiva stadială propusă de Lawrence Kohlberg; I.3. Teoria constructivist-interacţionistă: Elliot Turiel; I.4. Justiţie versus îngrijire: perspectiva formulată de Carol Gilligan; Capitolul...
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In the current paper, we were interested in examining a series of predictors of organizational moral disengagement, namely Machiavellianism and psychopathy, along with a series of demographic variables (i.e., gender, age, and work experience). Our sample consisted of 114 IT employees aged 21 to 54 (M=28.51, 62% males). We used a cross-sectional app...
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Given the profound psychological distress caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare workers are at high risk of being exposed to potentially morally injurious events (PMIEs). We aimed to explore the prevalence and associated factors with PMIEs in a sample of Romanian physicians, of which almost half worked in Covid-19 treatment medical units. We...
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This research's primary purpose was to explore the prevalence of the impostor syndrome and its associated factors among 130 Romanian psychology students (M = 21.77 years, SD = 3.51, 84.6% females). Our results suggested that 56.15% of the study participants experienced high and intense impostor syndrome aspects. More specifically, students who perc...
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The relationship between morality, childhood and everyday life engaged the attention of researchers from psychology, sociology, anthropology, religion or politics, due to the importance of their connection in our social evolution. The ability to differentiate between ethical and non-ethical, good and bad, the power to build and understand relevant...
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Previous studies showed that people are more willing to express prejudiced attitudes towards others when their past behavior has established their credentials as non-prejudiced persons. We examined this moral licensing effect in organizational contexts on a sample of 318 elementary school teachers. First, participants were given the opportunity to...
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The purpose of the present study was to examine a series of predictors (i.e., moral identity, moral disengagement, perceived parental style, gender, and age) for verbal, emotional, and cyberbullying among adolescents in a cross-sectional study. The participants involved 225 Romanian adolescents (48% females), aged 11 to 19 (M=14.45, SD=1.92). We pe...
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Cyberbullying is a global problem with significant negative implications, especially among more vulnerable populations, such as adolescents. Previous research suggested that cyberbullying is significantly associated with depression, and anxiety seems to partially or fully mediate this relationship. We aimed to investigate the prevalence and the rel...
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This study investigated the effect of conspiracy ideation, moral disengagement , and intolerance of uncertainty on compliance with the anti-SARS-COV-2 social distancing rules and two other facets of people's reactions toward the coronavirus crisis. A convenience sample of 245 Romanians completed an online survey in March 2020. Results indicate that...
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In the current study, we explored prospective posttraumatic growth outcomes four weeks following restrictive social measures imposed by the Romanian government (i..e social distancing, self-isolation, closing schools) to contain the novel coronavirus. Our cross-sectional, mixed-method study approach included a sample of 237 adults, aged 18 to 68 (M...
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The aims of the present exploratory study were twofold. First, we aimed to investigate the associations between age, gender, moral disengagement, cyberbullying, and cyber victimization. Second, we tested the reliability of an adapted version of the Moral Disengagement scale, centered on the online environment and the use of fake news (i.e., creatin...
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In the current exploratory research, we investigated the relationships between the perceived school climate and its dimensions (i.e., perception about teachers, peers, teaching, management, physical environment, and peer relationships), and cyberbullying experiences (i.e., cyber-victim, cyber-aggressor, and cyberbullying bystander experiences). Our...
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Across two studies, we explored the COVID-19 pandemic source representation. Our first cross-sectional approach included a sample of adults aged 20 to 67 (Study 1: N=824, 66% females; Study 2: N=237, 77.6 % females), three weeks following restrictive social measures imposed by the Romanian government (i..e social distancing, self-isolation, closing...
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Health anxiety during the current coronavirus pandemic can be a serious psychological issue, amplified by the medical uncertainty around this disease and social isolation. As older people are especially at risk of becoming severely ill, it is important to examine the personal factors that make members of this age group more prone to health anxiety....
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The COVID-19 crisis might generate effects in what regards people's propensity to engage in moral and immoral actions, both during and after the pandemic. We used an experimental manipulation to explore the impact of the current lockdown on anticipated behaviors and its association with cyberchondria and moral identity. A convenience sample of 865...
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The present study explored how Romanian women perceive in-vitro fertilization (IVF), surrogacy, and adoption as alternative pathways to traditional parenthood. Previous studies suggested that both men and women generally prefer a full genetic link, followed by a partial genetic link and, finally, no genetic link (i.e., adoption). We explored these...
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The present research investigated three different art techniques, namely painting, drawing, and collage-making, within the therapeutic process. We described three clinical cases, using a longitudinal approach. Participants were females with ages between 19 and 62, involved in one-to-one counseling sessions, following cyberbullying traumatic experie...
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Donation behavior is essential for non-profit organizations, especially during a health crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. The present study explored a series of associated factors of donor behavior, such as age, gender, income, education, and cause-related factors, in a sample of Romanian adults (N= 168, age range 20-78 years old, 77%...
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The present study aimed to explore children’s perception of their happiness, as well as their parents’, and to investigate their potential associations with parenting styles. The sample included 73 children (age range 5 to 8 years old, M=6.57, SD=1.06) and one of their parents (age range 29-47 years old, M=36.45, SD=4.08, 85% mothers). Parents fill...
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Online video gaming has been endorsed as a potential addictive behavior with negative psychological and functional consequences and has been extensively studied among adolescents and young individuals. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to estimate the prevalence of symptoms of the Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) in a sample of 278 Romanian e...
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Romania has surprised the European Union when, in 2018, the Coalition for Family, along with the ruling Social Democrats party, organized a controversial referendum against the LGBT community, asking to redefine marriage as only being between a man and a woman rather than “two spouses”. The present research contributes to a better understanding of...
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The present study focuses on explaining the incremental role of emotion regulation and hostility in the tendency of young adults to use moral disengagement strategies to avoid self-condemnation for their immoral conduct. We aimed to extend the area of investigation concerning the moral effects of emotion regulation and hostility, by exploring the a...
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The current research explored children’s and adolescents’ moral judgments in sacrificial dilemmas involving characters with a physical disability, a bionic prosthesis or no disability. We also explored the role of gender and previous information about bionic prostheses in sacrificial choices. Three main assumptions were tested: a) the disabled targ...
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Recunoaşterea rolului consilierului şcolar în eficientizarea relaţiei dintre actorii implicaţi în procesul educaţional este tot mai mare în ultimii ani. Numărul din ce în ce mai ridicat de dovezi ştiinţifice privind contribuţia majoră a colaborării dintre consilierul şcolar, părinţi şi profesori la crearea unui cadru optim de creştere şi dezvoltare...
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Previous research on children’s moral reasoning usually used a quantitative approach and a pre-determined set of methods in order to establish early moral landmarks. We proposed a qualitative perspective on the basis of which we have formulated three main objectives: 1) to identify the main categories of behaviors that children spontaneously associ...
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Specificul RV si implicatiile sale terapeutice in terapia tulburarilor de anxietate
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The aim of the present research was to study children’s ability to distinguish reality from fantasy based on individual differences in age, as well as on the valence generated by an event. Moreover, we explored the differences in emotional states generated by each type of stimuli, for each age category. A sample of 120 children from an urban kinder...

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Our project aims to explore the potential role of toys with different disabilities to (a) facilitate and promote the efficient inclusion of children with disabilities in various social and educational contexts, as well as to (b) contribute to both children's and adults' positive attitudes toward disability.
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The project aims to collect data regarding the impact of a major threat such us war menacing 3 countries bordering Ukraine, in times that the war is transmitted online and people find harder to validate information received through various channels. Please join in filling in the data: https://surveyhero.com/c/impact1