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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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SCHNEIDER, Andréia Mello de Almeida  and  PACHECO, Janaína Thaís Barbosa. Stressful events and social conduct during adolescence. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2010, vol.3, n.1, pp. 23-32. ISSN 1983-8220.

This study aimed to verify the existence of the relationship between the occurrence of stressful life events and the social behavior of adolescents. Using the Social Behavior Scale and the Adolescent Stressful Life Events Inventory, this study sought to identify, in a sample of 144 adolescents, the predominant behavior (antisocial, prosocial, oppositional-defiant), the most frequent types of stressful events and their perceived intensity. The relation between stressful events and social conduct was verified by means of the t-Test and the Pearson Correlation Test, and the analyses showed that some experiences have a significant relation with the adolescents' social conduct. The results showed an average significantly higher for the antisocial behavior among boys. Among the investigated events, "psychological abuse" was the most frequent and "sexual abuse" was the one causing the biggest impact. The occurrence of "psychological abuse" may be a risk factor for the development of "antisocial behavior".

Keywords : Adolescents; Stressful Events; Conduct.

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