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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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SANTOS, António J. et al. Low social engagement: implications for children psychosocial adjustment in the preschool context. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.1, pp.186-193. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1678-7153.201528120.

Low social engagement, a central feature of the definition of solitude, was examined in a sample of 337 Portuguese children (171 boys), ages ranging between 3 and 5 years. Based on observation measures, collected in school settings, Low Social Engagement was negatively associated with a broad range of adaptive outcomes, including social competence, ego-resilience as well as higher levels of ego-undercontrol. Negative associations were also found with sociometric measures of peer acceptance, social impact and preference. The results reflect these children's difficulties in the social domain and stress the potential risk factor of social solitude for their healthy development.

Keywords : Low social engagement; pre-school; psychosocial adjustment.

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