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Psicologia Clínica

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CORREIA, Filipa  and  MOTA, Catarina Pinheiro. Role of family environment in the development of psychopathological symptoms in young adults. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2017, vol.29, n.2, pp. 253-271. ISSN 0103-5665.

The perception of family environment is an essential factor for the development of the individual psycho-affective and emotional adjustment, as well as development of psychopathological symptoms. Thus, the dynamics of parent-child relationships seems to assume a dichotomous, risk or protective role in emotional adjustment and development of psychopathology symptoms. This research aims to analyze the effect of family environment on the development of psychopathological symptoms in young adults. The sample was composed by 432 young adults, aged between 18 and 30 years. To collect data there was recourse to the Family Environment Scale, the Brief Symptom Inventory and the sociodemographic questionnaire. The results show that the perception of cohesion in the family environment predicts negatively the depressive and anxious symptoms, while the perception of changes in the expressiveness and existence of conflicts in the family environment predict positively anxious symptomatology in young adults. Results will be analyzed in the the ecological perspective of Bronfenbrenner, to discuss the importance of an adaptive family environment on the emotional development and the psychopathological symptoms in young adults.

Keywords : family environment; psychopathological symptoms; young adults.

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