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PEREIRA, Anderson Siqueira; DUTRA-THOME, Luciana  and  KOLLER, Silvia Helena. Social skills and risk and protective factors in emerging adulthood. Psico (Porto Alegre) [online]. 2016, vol.47, n.4, pp. 268-278. ISSN 1980-8623.

This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between social skills, negative thoughts and protective and risk factors. The study included 521 emerging adults aged between 18 and 30 years (M = 22.68 years, SD = 3.21). To evaluate the relationship between variables, the participants were grouped based on their scores of social skills and presence of negative thoughts regarding social interaction. ANOVAS were conducted to compare means among groups. Results pointed out that the most socially skilled group had a greater presence of protective factors and lower of risk factors in relation to other groups. Social skills may be considered as a protective factor because they are related to increased self-esteem, self-efficacy and quality in relationships, helping in the formation of supportive networks.

Keywords : Social skills; Risk and protective factors; Support network; Emerging adulthood.

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