Nadia Rania

Nadia Rania
Università degli Studi di Genova | UNIGE · Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione (DISFOR)

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The spread of COVID-19 has led to increasingly stringent containment measures. After the first period of lockdown, there has been an easing of measures worldwide. However, this choice has helped bring about a second wave to be faced by many states. The present research was conducting during the period in which it was necessary for the population to...
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Background: Despite the numerous campaigns to encourage vaccination against COVID-19, the public debate and often conflicting information have left many individuals uncertain about the decision to make on whether or not to vaccinate. Methods: This research aims to analyze the attitudes and beliefs of the Italian population towards COVID-19 and o...
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Background COVID-19 has led and still leads all nations to adopt virus containment plans, considering possible strategies that help to live with the virus. The present study aimed to investigate the practical, psychological and emotional aspects of living with COVID-19. Participants and procedure A total of 250 young adults (86% female), who lived...
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The pandemic nature of COVID-19 has caused major changes in health, economy, and society globally. Albeit to a lesser extent, contingent access to shops and places to socialize the imposition of social distancing and the use of indoor masks is measures still in force today (more than a year after the start of the pandemic), with repercussions on ec...
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The article is an autoethnographic account written by three Italian academic researchers and mothers with children of different ages. The authors engage in a reflection starting with their experience as working women committed to the work–family negotiation process while facing the COVID-19 health emergency that has affected the whole world. This a...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, families experienced new challenges related to reorganizing living spaces and the need to renegotiate domestic and care roles. This paper aims to understand how Italian families have reacted to this situation with respect to psychological well-being, the management of domestic and care activities and solidarity network...
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In the literature places have been defined as First (home), Second (work and school) and Third places (physical and virtual). The present study aims to analyze the perception of inclusion/exclusion that young adults have of the places that they live. The research was conducted using the Photovoice technique and involved 50 young Italian adults. Res...
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Introduction: Individual and group reflection practices are qualitative methods useful in a group context to develop group skills and more awareness of the dynamics that take place within the group to which one belongs. Aim: The aim of this work is to highlight how individual reflective practices and group reflections contribute to the development...
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Europe seems to be going through a historical period characterized by the fear of otherness, conceived as an attack on the positive values of liberal society. This fear manifests itself, according to several researchers, through neo-assimilationist tendencies in public policies in many European nations: an example of this trend can be considered th...
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Although migrant families comprise a small number of immigrants, they present a significant challenge for the host community. In the Italian context, social services support migrant families through paths to autonomy and integration in the community. The purpose of this study was to investigate perceptions that families and social workers have of “...
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Unaccompanied migrant minors are youth under the age of 18 who migrate alone, traveling separately from both parents. These youth may be asylum seekers, recognized refugees, or other externally displaced persons. Unaccompanied migrant minors have become an increasingly prevalent global issue. However, this phenomenon might be better understood cons...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, people and families experienced a new and sudden situation that forced them to stay in their homes for a long period (February 25- May 26). In this context, many people found themselves in great difficulty, not only because of the fear of contagion or the economic problems deriving from the closure of producti...
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The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 in Italy had its first epidemic manifestations on January 31, 2020. The socio-sanitary rules imposed by the government concerned the social distance and management of intimate relationships, the sense of individual responsibility toward public health. Physical distancing and housing isolation have produced new represen...
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The COVID-19 emergency has hit the whole world, finding all countries unprepared to face it. The first studies focused on the medical aspects, neglecting the psychological dimension of the populations that were forced to face changes in everyday life and in some cases to stay forcedly at home in order to reduce contagion. The present research was c...
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Purpose The objective of this research is to investigate the perception that migrant families and social workers have of their relationship and of the services offered and received in the reception path. Method The qualitative research involved thirty parents with semi-structured family interviews and their twelve reference social workers, with fo...
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The pandemic has led researchers to adapt their research methods to the social distance imposed to combat COVID-19. Technology created many difficulties in reaching certain population targets, however it was often the only way during the lockdown to do more research. Both quantitative and qualitative researchers made use of remote data collection m...
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Correctional officers (COs) are subject to the development of burnout syndrome. This investigation focuses on those factors that contribute to burnout syndrome in COs who work in Italian penitentiary institutions. Utilizing a qualitative methodology with 50 northern Italian COs, the study finds burnout to be caused by two types of factors, organiza...
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The collapse of the Morandi bridge in Italy, which took place in the summer of 2018, has had enormous emotional, economic, and social consequences for the inhabitants of the area, which are felt throughout the world. As seen in the literature, collective traumatic events increase the experience of insecurity and paranoia, thus increasing the percep...
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Many life-threatening diseases, such as cancer, affect the person in physical, psychological, social and spiritual ways; receiving a cancer diagnosis is a highly stressful experience that has important consequences for many aspects of people's lives. At the same time, other studies refer to the positive changes that can occur in the values of the p...
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This paper offers a presentation of the characteristics of self-determination theory (SDT) in the health context as well as attempts to identify how this theory could be useful for facing health innovation challenges. Health innovation is based on scientific advances that have more complex relationships with health. This paper encourages the use of...
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Family caregiving is a growing phenomenon with the increased prevalence of chronic illness and shorter hospitalizations. Rare diseases pose significant challenges not only to patients living with these kinds of pathologies but also to those who care for these patients. The caregiving role has specific characteristics. The present work aims to incre...
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This paper presents a Social Street experience born of the perception of a lack of solidarity among neighbors and the desire to create a new neighborhood model. The goal was to explore the Social Street phenomenon through the relationship between individuals and their community. Furthermore, the goals include promoting the awareness of the critical...
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The present paper introduces a special issue focused on community gender perspective and health in an Italian context. After a brief analysis of the disparity and inequity that persist in Europe and Italy, we present six papers from different Italian regions that demonstrate different elements of the complex gender matters and challenges of well-be...
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Objective In the era of cancer panel testing, new models of genetic counselling providing effective decision‐making support are needed. As little is known about Southern European patients’ and families’ needs and experiences in this regard, we explored Italian women's experiences of clinical BRCA1/2 counselling and testing. Methods We interviewed...
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This autoethnographic study describes the author’s waterbirthing experience to evidence the relationship between fear of childbirth and communication with, and support from, healthcare professionals and the medical process during labour and delivery. The study provides a rereading of the author’s experience, which demonstrates how the traumatic con...
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Background Acculturation process has taken up a relevant place in cross-cultural psychology by demonstrating the strong relationships between cultural context and individual behavioral development. Aim The purpose of this study is to analyse acculturation strategies and attitudes in different life domains of native and immigrant adults living in I...
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The paper presents a portion of the first findings of the International Survey of Children’s Well-being (ISCWeB) study, which was performed in Italy. The primary purpose of the ISCWeB project was to consider the subjective well-being of children and to achieve a comprehensive understanding of their lives, focusing on their own perceptions and evalu...
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The purpose of this research is to study acculturation strategies and attitudes in central and peripheral domains of host and immigrant couples in an Italian context. The participants were 60 dyads (30 host couples and 30 immigrant couples) who completed a questionnaire based on the Relative Acculturation Extended Model (RAEM). Based on the analysi...
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The aim of this paper was to investigate foster family care to better understand this unique care-giving context. The research objective was to understand motivation, family functioning, and individual attachment styles in foster families. Participants were 33 foster parents who completed a questionnaire that included the motivations for choosing f...
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The arrival of unaccompanied migrant minors in Italy continues to increase. This phenomenon is complex with regard to both the quantity of minors to care for and the fragility, emotional stress and vulnerability of these children. Most of these minors are placed in residential care communities, which represent the classical model of intervention fo...
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Since its origins, participatory action research has been characterized as a methodology that is able to promote change within the real world of everyday life. Participatory action research, as Lewin understood it, is not academic research but instead is oriented toward modifying the "field" and the context through its knowledge; it is a co-generat...
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Objective: The present study represents a qualitative research aimed to explore the obstetricians’ psychological experiences of birth. Background: During labour the role of obstetricians assumes a fundamental importance in hospitalised childbirth. However, literature analysis has shown that the psychological side of birth has been investigated only...
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This research article as a part of larger study intends to explore the role of teaching qualitative methods is not easy and often represents a great challenge. In this work, we describe our experience of teaching a qualitative methods course for undergraduate psychology students. In this course, we used a Team-Based Learning (TBL) approach in which...
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Mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders represent a major source of disability and premature mortality worldwide. However, in developing countries patients with MNS disorders are often poorly managed and treated, particularly in marginalized, impoverished areas where the mental health gap and the treatment gap can reach 90%. Efforts...
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In recent decades, the study of intercultural relations and the complexity of relationships due to the migration phenomenon have become more important for social scientists to analyze. The aim of this article is to show that photovoice, a methodology that belongs to the field of participatory action research, can be a useful qualitative tool in soc...
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The migration experience could influence parental competence perception in immigrant parents. Within this framework, the current work focuses on immigrant parenthood and whether a family's migratory path could lead parents to feel less competent in their parental roles. The aim of the present study is to analyse perceptions of parental competence a...
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Introduction: Nomophobia is the fear of feeling disconnected and is considered a modern situational phobia. Objectives: No psychometric scales in Italian are available investigating nomophobia. Therefore, we planned a translation and validation study of the Nomophobia Questionnaire (NMP-Q) by Yildirim and Correia. Aims: Subjects were recruited vi...
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This study examines the relationships between acculturation strategies, social support, and social wellbeing among Italians and immigrants. The paper outlines the acculturation experience that includes interethnic contact and social distance. Adults (309 Italian members of the host society and 104 immigrants) participated in a questionnaire study....
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Based on an ecological perspective on competence, this study analyzed the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of practitioners in educational services for 0–6-years-old children in Italy, examining competence profiles in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) workforce. Our study considered three areas of competence, which previously have recei...
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Routines and meaningful rituals play an important role in the family dynamic system. During the past 30 years, migratory flow into Italy has been constantly increasing. Our aim was to explore the structure of daily life in order to understand and compare family functioning of migrant couples in Italy with the family functioning of couples who were...
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Among the different rituals in an individual’s life, becoming a mother represents one of the most meaningful life events for a woman. The ritual of the transition to motherhood and birth constituted a set of events and phases that mark this very important event and acquire meanings and symbolic value. A ritual is a profound structure that expresses...
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Rituals promote the ability to attribute meaning to our lives because rituals are profound structures that define the continuity of experience between the past, present and future. These repeated behaviors might serve protective functions for a family’s well-being and may support a family’s identity continuity. Rituals are also deeply involved with...
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Primary prevention of distress in children is of great importance mainly in regards of the need to promote and experiment intervention models that take into account the integration of services for family support. The paper outlines the scenario in which the role of the pediatrician could be relevant in the articulation process between social and he...
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A growing body of research suggests that positive interethnic experiences enhance academic attitudes among ethnic minority youth. A number of studies also shows that minority youth with an achieved ethnic identity have better academic attitudes and performance. Integrating these literatures, we aim to verify the combined effects of cross-group frie...
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This study compares Italian mothers’ and Ecuadorian immigrant mothers’ daily family routines. Thirty mothers took part in this investigation: 15 Italians (M = 37.5 years, with ages ranging from 30 to 42 years) and 15 Ecuadorians (M = 36.1 years, with ages ranging from 18 to 46 years and having lived in Italy for an average of 15 years), with childr...
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Maltreating and foster families belong to different research areas and have rarely been considered together. This exploratory study compared maltreating and foster families to demonstrate an integrated approach that overcomes the dichotomic view that often separates problematic families from those who have resources. This study had 81 participants:...
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This study used Photovoice to investigate the perspectives of majority youth in Italy about the immigration and integration processes. The participants were 99 Italian young adults living in two northwestern regions of Italy. Images produced by young adults and subsequent discussion focused on the benefits, challenges and possible solutions to fost...
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This research aims to study, for the first time in the Italian context, the frequency and relevance of family routines and rituals during the pre-school stage in a non-clinical children group. The paper presents the results of a family survey of 321 subjects in order to investigate how the routine importance and the rituals meanings are associated...
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The primary objective of this article is to contribute to the literature on the Photovoice method through analysis of its characteristics. The Photovoice visual methodology often employed in qualitative research in the frame of community psychology because it enables participants to express their ideas using pictures. This study aims to demonstrate...
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Team-based learning (TBL) is a learning-centred teaching strategy used with small groups primarily in medical courses. A new perspective is the application of TBL to a psychology course. The aim of the present work is to study the effects of TBL (modified version: MTBL) on improvement in student performance. Taking part in this study were 76 psycho...
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The intercultural context that characterises our multicultural society demands thorough studies on intercultural relationships. The present work aims to explore adolescent's acculturation strategies in relation to their learning contexts with different ethnic class composition. The present research includes 241 adolescents attending schools in Ital...
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The social climate in educational settings has received increasing attention, but it has been rarely investigated with reference to the health professions educational environments. The study was conducted on first year baccalaureate Nursing and Allied Health Professional students. The results point out some significant differences among the health...
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The identification of hereditary breast/ovarian cancer predisposing genes enabled the introduction of genetic testing in clinical practice. This created new psychological scenarios related to the many choices these women face. To explore the psychological effects of BRCA1/2 test on Italian healthy women, the following themes were investigated: chil...
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Scientific advances and new technologies in the field of genetic urge the deepening of the psychological effects that individual and family genetic diagnosis necessarily entails. The increased perception of being at risk of getting cancer as a result of the BRCA genetic test results to define a particular emotional state related to lifestyle choice...
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This paper discusses the results of a research on the well-being and health care quality in Rehabilitation Oncology. Oncological diseases are a stressful experience, but also they can trigger positive changes in the individual, leading to a modification of self and subjective well-being. Literature shows that these aspects of post-traumatic growth...
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The present research used the Photovoice method to enhance critical and intercultural dialogue in a group of host young adults. Photovoice belongs to the field of participatory action research and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), methods generally used in investigations of individual and social change. Taking part in this study were 9...
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The migration experience is normally associated with acculturative stress; this condition assumes relevance when the migrant is a minor alone. The aim of this study was to explore perceptions about the migration process and educational interventions offered by host-community social workers. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 10 unaccompan...
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Self-esteem is an important quality and a personality trait considered as a specific requirement for the Healthcare students in their academic learning experience both in classroom and in clinical training, and also for the Healthcare professionals in the future job during their relationship with patients/caregivers, healthcare team members and hos...
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Systematic, mandated facilitation of school transitions is an important but understudied aspect of the Reggio-Emilia approach to early childhood education admired internationally as best practice. We studied the links between Northern Italian transition practices and academic achievement, school liking, cooperativeness, and problem behaviors. We fo...
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Background The psychological climate within organisations affects not only the behaviour and the attitude of group members, but also the performance of the group itself. According to the ecological model, this research examines how learning in different classroom contexts of the same nursing degree programme can affect academic performance, well-be...
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Several studies have investigated the conditions for adolescents' adjustment in multicultural contexts. Self-esteem is commonly considered as an index of well-being and of the psychological adjustment of adolescents. Literature on self-esteem maintains that a good level of self-esteem depends on the quality of the subject's intimate relations with...
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Routines and rituals are a means to organize daily life. Family identity, those beliefs, values, norms, rules and expectations shared among members, are also sustained by family rituals. The creation and maintenance of routine and ritual is a central element of family life and constitutes a scaffolding that supports the development of the child. Da...
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In questi ultimi anni, in relazione ai processi migratori internazionali, all'interno della letteratura si è fatto spesso riferimento ad una "femminilizzazione della migrazione", che non è da riferirsi tanto ad un aumento numerico del genere femminile quanto piuttosto ad una modificazione dei percorsi migratori, in cui le donne sono sempre più indi...

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