Valeria Verrastro

Valeria Verrastro
Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale | UNICAS · Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Objective Weight issues, dysmorphic concerns and eating disorders are common among individuals with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and are linked to poor quality of life (QoL). The goal of the current study was to examine whether the association between body mass index (BMI) and QoL was mediated by dysmorphic concerns, examining also the relation...
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Objective: Novel COVID-19 disease has become a major concern worldwide, and a recent line of research warned that the context of the COVID-19 pandemic may be a major risk factor for developing severe suicidal behaviors. A broad systematic review is needed to cover the studies that have already assessed the potential underlying factors for suicidal...
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Researchers have become increasingly interested in deepening their understanding of the role of social environments in alexithymia—a difficulty in identifying one’s and others’ emotions—suggesting the importance of an in-depth study of the interplay with perceived parental practices. Drawing on the self-determination theory (SDT) framework, the cur...
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This study sought to examine the role of Reflective Functioning and Alexithymia as mediators in the association between Attachment and Psychopathology. Questionnaires were administered to 1099 adults aged between 18 and 30 years. Results showed relations between Attachment Anxiety, Reflective Functioning, Alexithymia and Psychopathology. Moreover,...
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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 study aims to investigate the relationship between empathy, social self-efficacy, problematic Internet use (PIU), and problematic online gaming (POG) and to evaluate how such relationship varies according to the age of the participants. A sample of 1,585 Italian students, both genders, aged 12-20 years, were divided into three groups according...
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Despite the copiousness of studies on the risky behaviors of adolescents, we cannot establish with certainty the leading aspects involved in teens’ substance abuse and criminal actions. This review aims to explore the interplay among the family system, substance abuse, and criminal behavior. An analysis of the main results of the 61 articles publis...
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Empathy is a fundamental construct that allows individuals to perceive and understand the cognitive and emotional state of others. Empathy is not only a psychological and sociological concept; it also heavily impacts our daily lives by affecting our decisions and actions. Empathy is connected to and involves specific parts of the brain which, if da...
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Children and adolescents are too often victims of sexual abuse and harassment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 150 million girls and 73 million children <18 have been victims of violence and sexual exploitation during their childhood. Data show that females are more likely to be a victim of abuse and violence than ma...
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Recenti studi hanno dimostrato come la tendenza alle abbuffate di alcol rappresenti un fattore di rischio per la salute dell'adolescente. Tra gli antecedenti di natura contestuale dei comportamenti a rischio in adolescenza, le pratiche genitoriali rivestono un ruolo importante. L'obiettivo del presente studio è quello di indagare la relazione tra a...
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Background: Prescription drug misuse and its related risks are considered a worldwide public health issue. Current trends show that the extent of such phenomenon may not be limited to subjects with psychiatric disorders, as it also spreads to dance party and nightclub attendees, who often consume prescription drugs in combination with alcohol and p...
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Transgressive conduct and opposition towards the rules often characterize adolescence. During the development, antisocial and aggressive behavior could be a way to grow personally and to be independent. According to previous studies results, the family has a high impact on teens' aggressive behaviors and moral disengagement. Our research involved 2...
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Cyberbullying is associated with the expansion of digital devices and the Internet. In Italy and other European and non-European countries, the phenomenon is growing. Young people who suffer from cyberbullying develop psychopathological symptoms of anxiety, depression, and social phobia that can lead to extreme acts, such as suicide. The pressure,...
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Previous researches on Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show the difficulty in supporting and taking care of these individuals, especially during adolescence. In our study a psychotherapist and a director involve two couples of ASD participants both adolescents in a therapeutic filmmaking and cinematherapy project, building their personal short film...
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Background At the end of 2019, a novel coronavirus (COVID‐19) was identified in China. The high potential of human‐to‐human transmission led to subsequent COVID‐19 global pandemic. Public health strategies including reduced social contact and lockdown have been adopted in many countries. Nonetheless, social distancing and isolation could also repre...
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Background: Following the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, a rigid public health strategy of reduced social contact and shelter-in-place has been adopted by the Italian Government to reduce the spread of the virus. In this paper, we aim at evaluating the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic, and the relative containment measures, have had on a re...
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Background: Major depressive disorder (MDD) has different clinical presentations and is associated with neurobiological alterations. Hopelessness, anhedonia, and dissociation represent some of the most pervasive psychopathological symptoms that often lead to suicidal thoughts, attempts, and actions. To further research on the concept of depression...
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Background: Growing evidence supports the possibility of significant psychiatric consequences related to novel and traditional psychoactive substance consumption. The problem of differential diagnosis has hampered research on specific psychopathologies with unclear outcomes. The aim of our study was to report psychiatric and clinical features of s...
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Adolescence is characterized by high level of psychosocial vulnerabilities. It is a developmental phase in which youths explore themselves, others, and their social context. At the same time, the physical, behavioral and cognitive changes infl uence the self-image of adolescents. In addition, risk-taking and sensation-seeking are common and often a...
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This study examines how family functioning, the parent-child relationship and personal factors are related to happiness in 1549 children aged 7 to 14 years old (53% females) in Italy. Children and pre-adolescents completed a set of questionnaires on self-rated happiness, self-concept and loneliness. At least one of their parents filled in questionn...
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Sexuality is considered an important aspect of holistic care, but research has shown that it is often not considered, as it should be, in health services. Addressing clients’ sexuality requires a multidisciplinary approach and is not the responsibility of a single professional. The literature underlines that university students or those working in...
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Recenti studi hanno evidenziato come pratiche genitoriali disfunzionali (quali il controllo psicologico) si correlino con esiti maladattivi nei figli. L'obiettivo del presente studio è quello di indagare i meccanismi che sottendono l'insorgere di un uso dipendente delle nuo-ve tecnologie. 311 partecipanti, tra i 18 e i 26 anni, hanno compilato alcu...
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Although literature on happiness has focused largely on adults and adolescents, research interest on subjective well-being in children has increasingly grown in recent years. We investigated the contributions of the self-esteem, loneliness, and friendship variables to children’s happiness after taking into account the moderating effects of gender a...
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This research aims to explore coming out, education, communication and family support in the development of safe sexual and affective relationships in homosexuals and verify their sexual compulsiveness, sexual sensation seeking and tendency to sexual disclosure. These factors can affect sexual and relational well-being.
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The aim of the research is analyze sexual education and family communication during development in a sample of sexual and violent prisoners, comparing in a control group to understand useful factors for treatment and prevention.
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The aim of this research is to identify family, social and individual factors that influence psychological well-being of prisoners who commit violent and sexual crimes. The final objective is to identify possible factors useful to promote prevention, rehabilitation and relapse prevention programmes.
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The use of social networking services (SNSs) has been reported as one of the favorite activities for adolescents. Over the past decade, SNSs have become some of the most important venues for connecting, communicating, and socializing, as well as identity-building and self-expression. Adolescence is the phase during which individuals construct a cri...
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Le dipendenze comportamentali sono un fenomeno recente, particolarmente diffuso, soprattutto quelle inerenti le nuove tecnologie e il gambling, Diversi studi hanno suggerito che adolescenti e giovani adulti sono maggiormente esposti al rischio di dipendenza comportamentale. Il presente studio ha come obiettivo quello di indagare il ruolo della fami...
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Recent theorists have argued that theistic cognitions are so deeply embedded in human cultures that nearly all people experience implicit religious thoughts, even those who consider themselves as atheists or agnostics. This study aimed to evaluate the validity of a Catholic Faith Single Category Implicit Association Test (CF_SC-IAT), the degree of...
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Scambiarsi contenuti erotici online è diventata una pratica comune tra i giovani. Negli ultimi anni, la ricerca si è occupata di studiare questo fenomeno, evidenziando le possibili ricadute sulla salute. Il presente lavoro ha come obiettivo quello di analizzare le differenze circa autostima, salute sessuale e cyber-bullismo, tra chi fa e chi non fa...
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L’uso di internet ha modificato completa- mente il modo di relazionarci con gli altri, di interagire con il mondo esterno. La co- municazione è diventata veloce, basata più sulla forma che sul contenuto. I sensi visivi sono costantemente gratificati, con il risulta- to di essere ininterrottamente alla ricerca di un benessere che non si riesce a rag...
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BACKGROUND – Literature has studied the relation between youth alcohol consumption and sexual orientation, showing that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people are at increased risk to develop alcohol-related problems compared to heterosexuals. AIM – Our study aims to describe alcohol use patterns in relation to alcohol expectancies, internali...
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Binge drinking represents a major clinical and public health concern. Here, we investigated the prevalence of binge drinking and its related consequences, in a population of young adults. A questionnaire was administered to a sample of 4275 healthy subjects. In the overall sample, the percentage of binge drinkers was 67.6 per cent; among regular al...
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L’obiettivo della presente ricerca è stato quello di analizzare in un campione di ragazze adolescenti, la relazione che intercorre tra sexting, autostima, percezione corporea e attaccamento.
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La ricerca ha come obiettivo generale quello di indagare la relazione tra l’elevato utilizzo di videogiochi, variabili di personalità quali solitudine, somatizzazione, le scale dell’SDQ e l’essere vittima o persecutore di cyberbullismo, in un campione di pre-adolescenti italiani.
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The present research aim to testing the hypothesis suggesting that, according to evolutionary theory, sexual coercion and psychological violence in intimate relationship may be strongly related with male jealousy.
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The present research aims to describe the sexting phenomenon in Italy, identify the relation between at risk on-line behaviour (as sexting) self-esteem and the influence of media on body-image.
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L’amore può assumere varie forme, non è definibile in categorie semantiche ma concetto puramente sog- gettivo. Quando la passione e la dipendenza ven- gono celate a noi stessi comportando un’estremizza- zione dell’affetto questo può portare ad atti estremi, come il nutrirsi della persona amata o la violenza sulla stessa.
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Riassunto La combinazione del vissuto emozionale in relazione all'utilizzo positivo del colore ne-gli ambienti scolastici influenza le dinamiche specifiche del percorso educativo. Modifiche agli interni delle strutture dell'edilizia scolastica sono oggetto di ricerche in cui si è dimostrato quanto, effettivamente, sia efficace l'utilizzo cromatico...
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The quality of partners’ relationship can be influenced by the reciprocal respect of the other’s parenting role, especially when the couple breaks up. This study is aimed at investigating the implicit versus explicit self-serving biases in the evaluation of partners and exes as parents (or potential parents), exploring sex differences and possible...
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La presente Ricerca-Azione ha l’obiettivo di sviluppare un sistema formativo che faciliti l’apprendimento e l’orientamento dei giovani che si avviano al mondo del lavoro. Sviluppare le competenze trasversali è dunque di fondamentale importanza per rendere i giovani auto-efficaci, capaci di gestire se stessi e le relazioni con gli altri nel compless...
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The hypothesis that parental narcissism is related to depression and anxiety of the young adult children and that this relationship is mediated by the parental rearing style as reported by the offspring was investigated. Subjects were 409 young adults (264 females), aged 22.85 (SD = 2.00) and their parents. Parental narcissism was measured with the...
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Factorial structure and criterion validity of an enlarged version of the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI-E) were evaluated in a community sample of young adults. This enlarged version was obtained by adding parental favouritism (FAV) and put-down/shaming (PUT_D) to the original care and overprotection (OV) scales as recalled by the offspring. Fact...
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Introduction: Topiramate (TOP) and anticonvulsants in general are considered safe and effective drugs for the treatment of alcohol dependence, even though TOP-induced adverse events are quite common, especially for high initial doses or if titration to 300 mg/d is too rapid. The aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy and tolerability...
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Riassunto Nel presente articolo verrà presentata una revisione della letteratura in merito al rapporto tra bambini e giovani con la natura. In particolar modo si evidenzierà come tale rapporto comporti dei benefici su più fronti, come ad esempio, un aumento dei livelli di attenzione e concentrazione, una minore impulsività ed iperattività, un abbas...
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Riassunto La devianza minorile rappresenta oggi uno dei fenomeni di maggior rilevanza sociale, poiché sempre maggiori sono le fonti che spesso possono dar luogo a forme di trasgressione che talvolta divengono veri e propri comportamenti devianti. L'assetto dell'attuale società in alcuni casi travolge e cattura il minore in un momento di vita partic...
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Introduction: Gambling behaviour appears as repetitive and difficult to resist and seems to be aimed at neutralizing or reducing negative feelings such as anxiety and tension, confirming its similarities with the obsessive-compulsive spectrum. Aims. Estimating the prevalence of gambling behaviour in an Italian sample and assessing the effects of s...
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Introduction: Emotionally dependent subjects may engage in controlling, restrictive, and aggressive behaviours, which limit their partner's autonomy. The underlying causes of such behaviours are not solely based on levels of aggression, but act as a mean of maintaining the subject's own sense of self-worth, identity, and general functioning. Obje...
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Il costrutto di resilienza è stato più volte adoperato in psicoterapia. A tal proposito, tramite una breve descrizione dell'approccio cognitivo-comportamentale, sistemico-relazionale e psicodinamico nella specificità del costrutto di resilienza, ci si focalizza sulle tecniche proprie dei singoli approcci psicoterapici e sui punti di forza di ognuno...
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Il tema della resilienza è stato affrontato da diversi autori nell'arco degli anni. Scopo del presente articolo è di fornire un quadro esplicativo sul costrutto di resilienza dall'accezione fisica a quella psicologica. Vengono illustrati i principali modelli e teo-rie che caratterizzano il tema. Parole chiave Resilienza, modelli, fattori protettivi...

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Starting from agency and efficacy of amateur images, with particular attention to the performativity of documentary and self-representational forms, the project aims to pursue interdisciplinary action-research methodologies in order to therapeutically intervene on selected diseases and disorders. Thanks to the success of the preliminar trial, in November 2019 a medical clinic exclusively dedicated to Therapeutic Filmmaking and Neurodevelopment Autism Spectrum Disorders was inaugurated at the Infantile Neuropsychiatrics department of the “Ruggi d'Aragona” Hospital, Salerno.
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Mindfulness, acceptance and well-being