António J. Santos
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Phone: 218811775

António J. Santos

Research Interests:

My major area of research is the study of preschool and primary school children cohesive organization. My major research objective is to complement traditional individual differences approaches to children’s social status and competence with a broader understanding of the impact of local affiliative constraints (e.g. friendship relationships, subgroup membership) emerging from the social ecology of the peer group. I would like to further study the socio-cognitive underpinnings of affiliative behavior in order to better understand its relevance in children’s self and identity development. I am trying to integrate socio-structural and co-construcionist perspectives in order to achieve that goal. I am convinced that only such an ecological comparative developmental perspective may promote a renewed understanding of human social behavior and further help us to elaborate more adequate intervention strategies for minimizing children’s risk of social maladjustment.

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