Semira Tagliabue

Semira Tagliabue
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | UNICATT · Department of Psychology

PhD

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I am an associate professor in psychometric. My research interests focus on: measurement of psychological constructs (in particular, relational constructs); structural equation modeling; multilevel modeling; dyadic data method and analyses; well-being; close relationships; adolescence and the transition to adulthood

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Empirical evidence supported the existence of different meaning-making profiles among youths, however, it is unknown whether these profiles are related to specific transitional conditions. The present study applied a multi-group Latent Profile Analysis to examine the generalizability and criterion-validity of meaning-making profiles across two samp...
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Introduction: Adolescents in residential care are more likely to report insecure and especially disorganized attachments, which lead to difficulties in emotion regulation and compromise the quality of their interpersonal relationships. In residential care, it is expected that sensitive and responsive caregivers are able to help adolescents regulat...
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This manuscript explores the psychometric properties of a scale measuring self-curiosity, a facet of general curiosity, consisting of the attitude and interest people have in understanding themselves better. In this study, we provide data on the comparison between the Self-Curiosity Attitude-Interest Scale in an Italian and a Mexican sample, paired...
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This study proposes an application of the Latent Transition Analysis to the study of meaning-making profiles of change among emerging adults, with a focus on disambiguating the role of transitional markers as predictors of profiles of change and their outcomes on well-being. Different meaning-making patterns of change across a 10 months timespan e...
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The percentage of missing data among economic-related items is likely to be particularly high. This study aimed at examining the amount, mechanisms, and variables associated with missingness of different family members participating in a family economic stress study. Portuguese emerging adults (N = 418) and their parents (N = 748) were required to...
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Several methods are available to answer questions regarding similarity and accuracy, each of which has specific properties and limitations. This study focuses on the Latent Congruence Model (LCM; Cheung, 2009), because of its capacity to deal with cross-informant measurement invariance issues. Until now, no cross-national applications of LCM are pr...
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In this study we sought to collect evidence regarding the validity of the Comprehensive Inventory of Thriving (CIT), systematically reviewing studies that tested its psychometric properties (Study 1) and trying to replicate validity evidence collected across previous validation studies (Study 2). We found five studies that tested the validity of CI...
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In this study we aim to analyze the combined effect of age-based and gender stereotype threat on work identity processes (and in particular on authenticity and organizational identification) and on work performance (self-rating performance). The research utilizes an ample sample of over fifty-year-old workers from diverse organizations in Italy. Us...
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Adolescents‘ well-being is an important marker of psychosocial adjustment and quality of life. However, few studies have been conducted about adolescents‘ well-being in residential care and its stability during time. Moreover, according to attachment theory, the quality of the relationship between adolescents and caregivers constitutes a relevant f...
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This study tested factorial structure, reliability as well as gender, age, and cultural measurement invariance of the Brief Inventory of Thriving (BIT). Data were collected from 981 Italian, Portuguese and Chinese emerging adults. Results showed that BIT scores were reliable, mono-dimensional, and suitable to assess thriving across different popula...
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Researchers who use a multilevel framework often aggregate scores measured at Level 1 in order to measure the construct at Level 2. In doing so, they implicitly assume that the construct is measured at both the individual and cluster level, that the ontology of the construct is the same at both levels, and that reliability is good at both levels. T...
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Importance At the beginning of a public health crisis, such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it is important to collect information about people’s knowledge, worries, and behaviors to examine their influence on quality of life and to understand individual characteristics associated with these reactions. Such information could he...
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Rationale Patients with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs) and their informal caregivers experience poorer health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Perceived social support has been shown to influence HRQOL. Objectives. This study aimed at identifying the differences between patients’ and caregivers’ physical and mental HRQOL; and determining the as...
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Il compito evolutivo della transizione all’età adulta è quello di passare da una condizione di dipendenza dai genitori, nella quale le relazioni tra genitori e figli sono caratterizzate da verticalità e asimmetria, a una condizione in cui le relazioni familiari diventano maggiormente simmetriche, favorendo l’indipendenza del giovane. Nel lungo perc...
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The quality of the relationship between adolescents and significant figures constitutes a relevant factor to emotional and adaptive functioning. Caregivers at the institution have a significant responsibility in caring for adolescents and represent a key determinant in adolescents’ adaptation. However, less attention has been devoted to how adolesc...
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The transition to adulthood determines changes in the parent-child relationship towards a more horizontal direction (Bengston & Black, 1973; Lanz & Tagliabue, 2014). Parents are no more the only providers of support, but also children become protagonists of the support exchanges, gaining the resources to reciprocate the support received (Bar-Tur, I...
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Analyse the influence of PSS on QOL in MCD patient and caregiver dyads. Specifically, we analysed the influence of patient and caregiver PSS on their own QOL (actor effect) and the influence of patient and caregiver PSS on their partner QOL (partner effect).
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The current study presents a comparison between two different models for variance decomposition: the Social Relations Model (SRM: Kashy & Kenny, 1990) and the Family Fixed Effect Model (FFEM: Schofield & Abraham, 2017). Both models presented good fit indexes (SRM, 𝑥% (130) = 203.172, CFI = .976, RMSEA=.053; FFEM, 𝑥% (56) = 135.554, CFI = .957, RMSE...
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The current paper aims to present a statistical technique — latent transition analysis (LTA) — as a useful tool for measuring qualitative developmental change. The paper is divided into three sections. In the first section, we introduce readers to LTA by describing the three methodological components of the technique: (1) the use of a person-center...
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The 10-item Brief Inventory of Thriving is an instrument measuring well-being, overcoming the traditional hedonia-versus-eudaimonia framework. Evidence for this scale’s validity has been already collected in American, German and Chinese populations. The current paper aims to develop the Italian version of the Brief Inventory of Thriving, verify its...
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Based on the book by Scabini and Donati published in 1988, this work analyzes the researches on emerging adults carried out by the Family Studies and Research University Centre and summarized in the 2006 book by Scabini, Marta, and Lanz. Specifically, this chapter focuses on the gender and generational differences that had already emerged back then...
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The family financial socialization is the process by which parents teach to the child values, attitudes, standards, norms, knowledge, and behaviors that contribute to the financial viability and wellbeing. According to Gudmunson and Danes [Journal of family and economic issues, 32, 4 (2011)], this socialization process can happen on two levels of in...
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The expression “transition to adulthood” refers to the passage from adolescent dependence to adult autonomy historically marked by the sequential achievement of five observable life events: completing school, entering into the labor market, moving out of the parental home, forming a partnership, and becoming a parent. Social scientists have paid th...
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Su, Tay, & Diener (2014) proposed the 10-item Brief Inventory of Thriving (BIT) to measure well-being overcoming the classic distinction between psychological and subjective well-being. Specifically, authors conceive the subjective well-being as a sub-dimension of the psychological well-being that, in this wider view, is considered as synonymous of...
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The object of this study was to assess students' perceptions of their parents’ career-related behaviours and their influence on the students’ behaviours. In study 1 (528 students), we developed the SIL Scale (support, interference and lack of engagement), a nine-item questionnaire applied to educational and job contexts. In study 2 (1204 students),...
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Theory of Mind (ToM) is the lifespan developing ability to attribute mental states. This ability enables the individual to predict and interpret one’s own and others’ behavior. In this respect, beliefs about one’s own capacity to attribute mental states represent a fundamental component of this construct. The present study aims to compare the unidi...
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Identity and family relationships have been studied as predictors of well-being. Findings about identity processes and well-being have consistently showed that commitment is associated with low anxiety and depression (Crocetti et al., 2009; Luyckx et al., 2006); whereas in depth exploration and reconsideration of commitment are associated with inte...
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Despite there has been a growing interest in the study of gratitude, few studies have investigated which factors support and promote it; notably, no study has yet addressed ways in which parents could promote gratitude in their children. The present study aims to investigate the relation between parental emotional support and self-esteem through th...
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Given the growing number of Muslim immigrants in Western countries, there is a need for research focusing on their psychological well-being and correlates. The present study investigated whether perceived discrimination is associated with depression and satisfaction with migration through the mediating role of several identity dimensions (ethnic, n...
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The aim of the study was to explore whether and how emerging adults talk about their romantic relationships with their close others, especially their parents and friends, also considering gender differences. Data were collected via eight single-sex focus groups conducted with 50 Italian emerging adults (aged 18–25), and were analyzed using thematic...
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Despite gratitude being abundantly studied in literature, few contributions have focused on the familial factors that support it. The present study is based on the relational-symbolic approach of Scabini and Cigoli (2000, 2012). Our aim is to analyze the relation between the affective and the ethical-normative qualities of parents-child relationshi...
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This study aims to calculate a scaled risk-taking behavior index and to test a model in which maternal and paternal parenting styles affect risk-taking behavior with a mediation of adolescents’ regulatory self-efficacy. Participants were 816 adolescents (44% males) responding to a self-report questionnaire about their risk-taking behavior, regulato...
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Emerging adults from southern European societies, where familistic values are shared among generations, more than ever rely on parents support for their financial and emotional well-being. As such, it is expected that, in the future, the current generation of emerging adults will reciprocate the support received to their aging parents. Despite the...
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Facebook is, nowadays, the most used social networking site worldwide and adolescents are increasingly engaging in this form of communication. Despite increasing attention of researchers to computer-mediated communication, there are few studies using an interpersonal and family relationships perspective on how adolescents relate to the Internet, an...
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This paper addresses the potential applications of multiple informant methodology (MIM) to family research. The MIM is used when data on the same unit of analysis are collected from more than one informant, and when the researchers’ purpose requires a dyadic or group level of analysis. The MIM relies on inter-rater agreement (IRA) indices, which ar...
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The present study examines Greek and Italian fathers’ perceptions of different aspects of fatherhood, namely, responsibility in undertaking childcare activities, emotional expressiveness within the family as well as their accounts of what it means to them to be a father. Three hundred and eleven fathers from Greece and 291 from Italy responded to t...
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This study was focused on parents’ socialization values, namely the values that parents want their children to adopt, and their sources. In a sample of 325 Italian families with one adolescent child (14-18 years), it aimed at comparing fathers’ and mothers’ socialization values and assessing parents’ own personal values and family value climate as...
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The developmental task in the transition to adulthood consists in moving from a dependence on parents, in which parent-child relationship is characterized by verticality and asymmetry, to a condition in which family relationships are more symmetric, promoting the youth’s independence. During the long transition to adulthood, the family has to assum...
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Retrospective Paternal and Maternal Parenting Styles in Greece, Italy, and Sweden Invariance, Validity, and Level Differences in the PSDQ Semira Tagliabue,1 Maria Giulia Olivari,2 Elisabeth Hertfelt Wahn,3 Katerina Maridaki-Kassotaki,4 Katerina Antonopoulou,4 and Emanuela Confalonieri2 1Department of Psychology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuo...
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Emerging adulthood is a period of instability and uncertainty (Leccardi, 2005; Oliveira, Mendonca, Coimbra, & Fontaine, 2014). Thus, to investigate individual and relational factors that improve the emerging adults’ subjective well-being is recognized as an important aim. The research used a sequential explanatory design, a mixed method approach in...
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Literature has paid little attention to the inclusion of multiple informants in the evaluation of parenting styles, not considering that different respondents could hold different perceptions and experiences of the parenting process (Fok & Shek, 2011). Therefore it is important to examine whether adolescents and their parents’ perceptions of parent...
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Research demonstrated that the quality of parent-adolescent relationship significantly prevents adolescent Risk Taking Behavior (Rtb) and that adolescents raised by authoritative parents engage less in Rtb compared to peer raised by non-authoritative parents (Coley et al., 2009; Newman et al., 2008). In the engagement in Rtb (Steinberg et al., 2007...
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Psychological and subjective well-being are two distinct but related dimensions of well-being (Keyes et al. 2002). The SWB involves more global evaluations of affect and life quality, whereas PWB examines perceived challenges that the individual strives to function positively. The well-being is often stressed during emerging adulthood since it is a...
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Nel corso degli ultimi anni si è registrato un aumento dell’interesse rispetto allo studio e alla valutazione degli stili educativi genitoriali, in quanto fortemente legati all’adattamento e al benessere psicologico del bambino e dell’adolescente. Uno degli strumenti maggiormente utilizzati per rilevare tale costrutto è il Parenting Styles and Dime...
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A topic of common interest to psychologists and philosophers is the spontaneous flow of thoughts when the individual is awake but not involved in cognitive demands. This argument, classically referred to as the "stream of consciousness" of James, is now known in the psychological literature as "Mind-Wandering." Although of great interest, this cons...
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Research has widely underscored that the quality of the parent-child relationship affects the success with which young people negotiate the major tasks of adolescence, the extent to which they become involved in risk behaviors, and their ability to establish close relationships. Literature has also increasingly shown the effects played by parents’...
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This study aims to (a) examine the links between adolescents’ memories of authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive parenting styles and parent–child communicative processes; (b) test adolescents’ and parents’ gender differences. Data were collected from 479 Italian adolescents (Mage = 16.62 years; SDage = 1.46) attending public high schools. Pa...
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Different studies exploring predictors of psychological well-being in emerging adults showed that psychological well-being can be influenced by individual (e.g. identity and purpose, Sumner, Burrow, & Hill, 2015) and relational (e.g. sibling and same-sex relationship, Frost, et al. 2015; Hollifield and Conger, 2014) factors. Psychological well-bein...
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Emerging adulthood was described as a period of instability and uncertainty (Arnett, 2001; Leccardi, 2005). This transitional time requires emerging adults to being committed in coping strategies in order to increase their well-being and to face the challenges of the transition. The aim of the present study was to investigate the links between copi...
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Un argomento di interesse comune a psicologi e filosofi è il fluire spontaneo dei pensieri quando l’individuo è sveglio ma non coinvolto in compiti cognitivi. Questo argomento, classicamente riferito allo “stream of consciousness” di James, è oggi noto in letteratura come “Mind-Wandering “(MW). Sebbene di rilevante interesse, tale costrutto è rimas...
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Reaching adulthood is the aim of the transition to adulthood; however, emerging adults differently define both adulthood and the transitional period they are living. Variable-centered and person-centered approaches were integrated in the present paper to investigate if the criteria used to define adulthood are linked to how emerging adults perceive...
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In this study, we sought to compare perceptions of emerging adulthood of Italian and Japanese youth and we examined, within each national sample, gender and occupational status (students vs. workers) differences on these perceptions. Participants were 2,472 emerging adults (1,513 Italian and 959 Japanese) of age 18-30 (50.8% females; 57.1% universi...
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A modified version of the Self-esteem scale (Rosenberg, 1965) was applied to measure how much adults esteem adolescents. Participants were 1332 adolescents (59.3% females; M=17.00; SD =1.46) who were asked to fill in the Esteem scale perceived both from parents and one significant adult. Two equivalent samples were selected from the whole sample (e...
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The prolonged transition to adulthood, characterizing the Mediterranean area and in particular Italy (Tagliabue, Beyers, Lanz, 2014), challenges research in investigating the factors enhancing emerging adults’ well-being . In particular the financial crisis of 2008 determined a difficult financial situation, especially for emerging adults. Thus, re...
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One of the principal features of the family is the interdependence among its members and among relationships. This complexity challenges family researchers from a methodological point of view: they have to find and implement the most suitable research strategy to preserve the family’s relational specificity. How do researchers handle this complexit...
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Family research is influenced by the systemic nature of the family itself, so that missing data could be found at different levels (i.e., item, respondent, dyad). The aim of the study is to give family researchers a step-by-step description of the procedures used to analyze the amount of missingness and the mechanisms causing the missingness at the...
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Although habitual use of suppression has been consistently linked to adverse consequences for overall social functioning, little is known about the implications of using this emotion regulation strategy in the context of romantic relationships. The current longitudinal study tests whether husbands’ and wives’ habitual use of suppression, as well as...
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This study presents a qualitative investigation of how Muslim Moroccan and Pakistani female immigrants living in Italy conceptualize their cultural identity. Ten Moroccan and 10 Pakistani (adolescent and adult) women were interviewed through in-depth semi-structured interviews. The interviewees expressed a strong attachment to their culture of orig...
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In social psychology, some research questions address a comparison of individuals belonging to different social or relational contexts. As measurement invariance literature has indicated, before comparing two or more groups (gender, cultures, and relationship types), the question of whether a measurement of the construct used for the comparison is...
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This analysis of the papers in the special issue on the transition to adulthood around the Mediterranean calls attention to the role of the family of origin in the transition itself. All the papers analyzed a specific aspect of family relationships, focusing especially on the parent-child relationship. Moreover, several outcomes were considered, su...
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The paper analyzes the psychometric properties of the G1 version of the Parenting Styles and Dimensions Questionnaire, a self-report instrument designed to investigate how adolescents or adults were parented during childhood. The sample included 1451 Italian adolescents in high school. Three studies tested the scale’s structure, invariance, and con...
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to download the paper you can use this link until the 26 of December http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1P~pYVu8lBRUa Italy is the first country in which the phenomenon of cohabitation of parents and young adult children was examined. From the earliest studies, it seemed clear that the transition to adulthood occurs within the family of origin: indeed,...
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Un’efficace educazione familiare implica che i genitori crescano i propri figli attraverso atteggiamenti e comportamenti legati sia all’aspetto affettivo (calore, supporto, ecc.) che a quello eticonormativo (rispetto delle regole, legittimazione, ecc.). La letteratura tuttavia sottolinea lo squilibrio attualmente presente tra aspetti affettivi ed e...
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Over the past few decades, families in industrialized countries have witnessed a prolonged transition to adulthood (Arnett, 2000; Buchamm and Kriesi, 2611; Buhl and Lanz, 2007; Fussell and Gauthier, 2005; Micheli and Rosina, 2009; Scabini et al., 2006). As Arnett (2000, 2004, 2007) points out, sweeping demographic shifts over the past half-century...
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An effective family education implies that parents grow their own children through attitudes and behaviors related to both affective (warmth, support, etc.) and ethical-legal and regulatory (compliance, legitimacy, etc.) aspects. Literature, however, points out the current discrepancy between the affective and ethical-legal aspects - these latter a...
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Research on tax behaviour or attitudes towards tax evasion has rarely taken into account the political preferences of taxpayers. The present research aimed to explore the relationship between political ideology and attitudes toward tax compliance within the “slippery slope framework” (Kirchler, Hoelzl, & Wahl, 2008). We conducted a quantitative sur...
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Increasing interest in measuring parenting styles, especially with the Parenting Style and Dimensions Questionnaire, has emerged in the last 17 years. However, a critical review of studies using this instrument to assess parenting styles has not been done. The present article proposes an extensive review of studies that applied the instrument, focu...
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Partner influence on future plans has been investigate in romantic couple with a nomothetic approach, whereas fewer studies used a idiographic approach or integrate the two approaches. The present paper evaluates, between (nomothetic) and within (idiographic) couples, the differences in perception of partner influence on future plans linked to gend...
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Il presente contributo analizza il contributo vicendevole della psicologia della liberazione e della prassi scientifica attuale. Nello specifico sono affrontate, innanzitutto, le questioni epistemologiche, legate alla necessità di una scelta esplicita in tal senso, così pure alla legittimità delle diverse epistemologie presenti in ambito psicologic...
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This paper studies the concept of generativity in families facing their children’s transition to lthood. Starting from the classical theories on generativity and with reference to the relational-intergenerational approach, the authors develop the concept of “generative family atmosphere” and propose a model to detect it, specifically for families w...
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Il presente studio vuole offrire un contributo alla validazione della versione italiana del Nuovo Test Estetico proposto da Lindauer nel 1985 adattato da Dogana et al. (1999, 2002). Il costrutto che misura e quello della sensibilita estetica, ovvero il tratto di personalita con le sue declinazioni cognitive, esperienziali e comportamentali che port...