Alida Lo Coco

Alida Lo Coco
Università degli Studi di Palermo | UNIPA · Dipartimento di Psicologia

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The Positive Youth Development (PYD) model suggests that when individual resources are aligned with growth-promoting ecological resources (i.e., developmental assets), positive development can be observed in youth. Considering this model within the perspective of ecological development systems, this process could be even more relevant when the refe...
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This study investigated the relations of emerging adults' personal (civic competence and interdependent self‐construal) and community‐based (sense of community and civic engagement) resources as predictors of appraisal of COVID‐19 Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) and attitudes toward preventing contagion in Italy. Participants were 2873 It...
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This chapter highlights the importance of integrating research on positive youth development processes in the most disadvantaged youth groups. The authors focused on Roma youth, representing a prototypical low-status minority group. The first part of the chapter examines the demographics and the socially, politically, and ideologically challenging...
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Framed from Self-Determination Theory and Family Systems Theory, the present multi-informant study sought to contribute to a better understanding of the relations between discrepancies in parents' and adolescents' perceptions of parental psychological control and satisfaction of adolescents' needs for autonomy and relatedness. Participants were 190...
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The promotion of citizen's democratic and intercultural competence is one of the main actions that European societies may take against some of the most significant challenges they are facing nowadays. The paper is aimed at briefly describing the Council of Europe's Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, some actions that can be...
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The Positive Youth Development (PYD) theoretical perspective suggests how religion and spirituality may represent ideological and social assets, supportive of positive developmental paths of young people. In light of this, the present work has systematically reviewed the most recent literature, with the aim of studying the contribution of these res...
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Italy is increasingly becoming a culturally complex society. This poses numerous challenges for developmental and educational psychology, mainly in terms of how to encourage adequate levels of social harmony by promoting positive development of both immigrant and autochthonous youth. Within this perspective, the current paper presents the Italian f...
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During the last 6 years at the University of Palermo, a group of academics has been involved in a project called “MENTORE” (“Modifying and ENhancing Teaching through peer Observation and Reflections with Experts.”) The objectives of the project are to help teachers improve their teaching, through the help of two mentors; to experiment new approache...
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Among the measures assessing peer reputation, the Extended Class Play (ECP) is now used extensively in North American settings. Little information is available in other cultural contexts. Furthermore, practical considerations suggest developing a shorter form of the ECP to be used in socio-educational environments. This study examined the ECP dimen...
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Thirty mothers, ranging in age between 30 and 46 years, participated in seven focus groups aimed at analyzing perceptions and ideas of the characteristics of a good parent and parent–child relationship in southern Italy (Sicily). The discussions were transcribed and analyzed using the constant comparative analysis approach. Two major themes, discip...
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According to a person-oriented approach, the study was addressed to inquire the existence of different groups of emerging adults (EAs) each characterized by distinct configurations of parental psychological control and autonomy support conceptualized in terms of promotion of volitional functioning (PVF) and in terms promotion of independence (PI)....
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The Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Frustration Scale (BPNSFS) is a self-report instrument assessing the satisfaction and frustration of the three basic psychological needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness defined by self-determination theory. The aim of this study was to examine the dimensionality, the predictive validity, and th...
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Framed from Basic Psychological Needs Theory (Ryan and Deci in American Psychologist 55:68–78; Ryan, Deci, American Psychologist 55:68–78, 2000) and Kağitçibaşi’s Autonomous-Related Self Theory (Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 36:1–20; Kağitçibaşi, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 36:1–20, 2005), the study examined the relationships of ado...
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The Self-Other Differentiation Scale (Olver, Aries, & Batgos, 1989 Olver, R. R., Aries, E., & Batgos, J. (1989). Self-other differentiation and the mother-child relationship: The effects of sex and birth order. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 150, 311–321. doi:10.1080/00221325.1989.9914600[Taylor & Francis Online] [Google Scholar]) is a self-rep...
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The purpose of this multistudy report was to adapt the Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Frustration Scale (BPNSFS) to the Italian context. Two studies were conducted. In Study 1, we investigated the dimensionality, reliability, and convergent and discriminant validity of the instrument in a sample of 544 participants (males = 41%) from 16...
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The current study examined the unique and combined roles of spirituality and religious identity formation processes on ethnocultural empathy among Italian youth. Spirituality was conceptualized as a desire for self-transcendence. Ethnocultural empathy entails concern for those of other cultural backgrounds. It was hypothesized that spirituality wou...
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In culturally diverse societies, one of the biggest questions on our minds is 'how shall we all live together?' Mutual Intercultural Relations offers an answer to this fundamental and topical issue. By exploring intercultural relationships between dominant/national and non-dominant/ethnic populations in seventeen societies around the world, the aut...
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In culturally diverse societies, one of the biggest questions on our minds is 'how shall we all live together?' Mutual Intercultural Relations offers an answer to this fundamental and topical issue. By exploring intercultural relationships between dominant/national and non-dominant/ethnic populations in seventeen societies around the world, the aut...
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Although different studies have investigated career choices as cognitive acts of decision-making, non-cognitive components also play an important role. The study tries to develop an empirically based model of career decision-making process linking cognitive (search for work self-efficacy - SWSE) and non-cognitive (psychological well-being - PWB) co...
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The present study aimed to investigate the relations among perceived parental psychological control (PPC), autonomy and relatedness, and negative outcomes during emerging adulthood in two cultural contexts: Italy and the USA. More specifically, we explored the mechanisms through which dependency-oriented PPC (DPPC) and achievement-oriented PPC (APP...
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In line with the Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework positing that religion provides youth with resources to thrive, this chapter presents a contribution analyzing associations between religiosity and well-being among middle and late adolescents and emerging adults in Italy. Italy is a unique context to study this topic due to societal relev...
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This study investigated the moderating role of hardiness in the relationship between psychological well-being (PWB) and career indecision in 131 never-employed Italian emerging adults. Cluster analytic methods produced high and low hardiness profiles. A structural equation modeling analysis underscored the importance of hardiness for moderating the...
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Our study investigated the associations among two expressions of perceived parental psychological control (dependency-oriented parental control [DPC] and achievement-oriented parental control [APC]), identity, and internalizing difficulties among college-attending emerging adults. In particular, our aim was to examine the potential role of identity...
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Framed from an integrative approach, the current article examined the associations between ethnic identity exploration (EIE), ethnic identity commitment (EIC), and acculturative stress by investigating the mediating role of ethnic attitudes (i.e., in-group favoritism and out-group derogation) in these relationships. Additionally, the moderating rol...
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Few studies examine intercultural relations in emerging adulthood. Framed from the perspective of the Mutual Intercultural Relations in Plural Societies (MIRIPS) project, the current paper examined the mediating role of tolerance and perceived consequences of immigration in the relationship between multicultural ideology and attitudes towards immig...
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The Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) is a standardized self-report measure of disposition to empathic responsiveness for the general adult population (the domain for which it was developed), and for the general adolescent population. The IRI has a number of problems, however, including some uncertainty about its factor structure, low reliabilit...
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Focus groups were used in order to develop a new measure of adolescents' emotional autonomy from parents.The procedure started from an in depth analysis of the literature concerning the construct and a definition of the dimensions which characterize it. Following our idea of the construct, we developed a list of 60 items, getting some of them from...
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The study examined the association among mothers’ parenting stress, adolescents’ emotional separation and self-orientation toward connectedness. Participants were 194 Italian adolescents, aged from 15 to 19 years (mean age = 17.39, SD = 1.18), and their mothers, aged from 33 to 64 years (mean age = 44.35, SD = 5.40). General findings showed that ad...
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Research usually analyzed the relationships between acculturation or perceived discrimination and immigrants' well-being, but few studies used an integrative perspective. Framed from a person-oriented approach, the current paper tried to advance the literature examining how acculturation profiles and perceived (group and personal) discrimination we...
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The present study examined the associations between emerging adults’ perceived parental psychological control and autonomy support, and their autonomy, relatedness and internalizing difficulties in Italy and the U.S. The participants included 494 Italian and 414 U.S. college students, between 18 and 28 years of age (Mean = 21.58, SD = 2.18). Our fi...
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Several studies show that attachment style plays a significant role in the development of empathy and self-regulation of aggression. In spite of this, little is known about its influence on the relationship between these constructs. Within the framework of attachment theory, this study examined the moderating role of attachment style on the associa...
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The Emotional Contagion Scale (ECS; Doherty in J Nonverbal Behav 21(2):131–154, 1997) is a self-report instrument assessing susceptibility to emotional contagion. The study was aimed at examining its dimensionality, reliability, and validity in the Italian context. It was completed by 541 young adults (45 % men) in Study 1 and 649 young adults (40...
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Autonomy and relatedness are fundamental needs both in adolescence and in emerging adulthood which are affected by parental support and are linked to children’s psychological distress. The study investigated autonomy and relatedness in late adolescents and emerging adults living in Italy, analyzing the relationships with perceived parental support...
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Cosa è la resilienza psicologica? Come si manifesta in bambini e adolescenti? Quali sono i fattori individuali e ambientali che sono associati a tale costrutto? Come viene valutata? Quali sono le indicazioni da seguire nella progettazione di interventi mirati a promuovere la resilienza in bambini e adolescenti? Questi sono alcuni degli interrogativ...
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The study examined adolescents' emotional separation and detachment from parents, analyzing their relations with some aspects of adolescents' psychological functioning associated to the process of self-other boundary regulation and problematic behavior. The participants were 331 Italian adolescents, aged from 16 to 19 years (mean age = 17.40, SD =...
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The study examined adolescents’ emotional separation and detachment from parents, analyzing their relations with some aspects of adolescents’ psychological functioning associated to the process of self-other boundary regulation and problematic behavior. The participants were 331 Italian adolescents, aged from 16 to 19 years (mean age = 17.40, SD =...
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The study examined adolescents’ emotional separation and detachment from parents, analyzing their relations with connectedness and agency, with some aspects of self—other boundary regulation and with problem behavior. The participants were 331 Italian adolescents, aged from 16 to 19 years (mean age = 17.40, SD = 1.14). Separation and detachment wer...
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The study is aimed at exploring the building patterns of European identity and its relations with the related kinds of social identity (national, regional and local) in Italian children. Two hundred fifty-two children (aged 6-12) were asked to participate to an interview assessing the development of self-categorisation, relative importance and degr...
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The study presented here analyses the development of self-categorisation, national, supranational, local and regional identification of Bulgarian, Ukrainian and Italian children and adolescents growing up in Bulgaria, Ukraine and Italy. The sample consisted of 541 children aged 6, 9, 12 and 15 years. It was found that national, supranational, local...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the relations among parent and friend perceived support and behavioral problems during adolescence. In addition, sex differences were examined. Participants were 338 Italian adolescents (M=47%) aged from 13 to 16 year old. They were administered (a) the Relational Support Inventory, evaluating the percei...
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The purpose of this study was to study in deep Detached and Connected adolescents in order to examine their profiles with regards to internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems. The participants were 705 adolescents (39% males), aged from 14 to 19 years. They were administered (a) the Inclusion of Other in the Self to assess adolescents’ pe...
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Research on children's loneliness has been conducted mostly in Western, especially North American, cultures. The purpose of the study was to examine relations between loneliness and social adaptation among children and adolescents in four different societies. A total of 2263 children from grade 3 to grade 6, aged 9 to 12 years, in Brazil, Canada, P...
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The purpose of the present study was to examine relations between self-perceptions of competence and social, behavioural, and school adjustment in Brazilian, Canadian, Chinese, and Italian children. Self-perception data were collected through children’s self-reports. Information about social behaviours, peer acceptance, and school achievement was o...
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Quali sono i fattori psicologici che regolano l'incontro fra due o più gruppi etnici? Perché le relazioni interetniche sono spesso conflittuali? Quali sono le strategie più efficaci per intervenire nelle situazioni di conflitto etnico? Di fronte a questi interrogativi, il volume presenta un'ampia rassegna della letteratura psicosociale sull'argomen...
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749 adolescents were administered a series of measures in order to individuate patterns of autonomy and connection in the relationships with parents and to analyse the association between cluster’s belonging and psychosocial adjustment. The results showed that the majority of adolescents were detached or connected with parents while very few subjec...
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A group of Italian children (790 boys and 717 girls), 10-13 years old, were administered the Revised Class Play (Masten, Morison, & Pellegrini, 1985) in order to explore cross-cultural differences in social reputation with respect to North American studies. Children also were given sociometric nominations to examine the association between social r...

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The CVS project is part of a broad project promoted by the Council of Europe, "Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture" (RFCDC), which has developed a new framework of democratic and intercultural competences that citizens must possess in order to participate effectively to the life of the community. Democratic and intercultural competences are not acquired automatically but must be learned; education has a key role to play in preparing students for active and committed citizens. In this framework, the general objective of the CVS project is to start a learning path of democratic and intercultural competences aimed at teachers and students in the context of primary school, in the framework of the RFCDC. The direct beneficiaries of the CVS project will be teachers and students of 5 European primary schools (in Italy, Norway, Romania, Bulgaria and Spain). http://www.cvs-project.eu