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OROZCO HORMAZA, Mariela. Contributions of psychology to the Colombian’s children problems. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.3, pp. 487-498. ISSN 0034-9690.

This article exemplifies and analyzes of the psychological research and intervention contributions to the most urgent problems of Colombian childhood. Children constitute the most vulnerable group, therefore, the one that more attention and solutions requires, in order to guarantee any country’s development. The most vulnerable UNICEF children’s rights are used as a frame in order to select the more deficient ones. In order to identify the contributions of the psychological research, 197 abstracts of master research works corresponding to 11 master programs and of 62 research projects presented by 21 research groups registered by COLCIENCIAS were revised. The examples of the intervention programs presented are taken from the revision of 70 programs centered most of them in the solution of the problems selected. In relation to the research, to find more efficient strategies to socialize and apply the research results is the most urgent need found; and in relation to the intervention, to assume an evaluative perspective of their effect and to find out new strategies to diffuse successful programs. The urgency and importance of children’s problems demands changes in the professional practices and the educational perspectives adopted for and by psychologist.

Keywords : Childrens rights; Children at risk; Child abuse; Applied psychology.

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