The Fifth European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR) Conference and Members’ Meeting has focused on the effectiveness of prevention and its contribution as a measure of cost-savings and health effects. Aitana research team presented a study aimed to analyse the effects of moods on adolescent smoking. In a second study, the 12-month follow-up results of the effectiveness of COMPAS program, designed by Aitana to promote adolescent sexual health, were exposed. In the Post graduate and early career parallel session, Alexandra Morales presented the results of a study about the barriers of consistent condom use among Spanish adolescents. More information about the conference and the presented studies can be found in http://euspr.org/fifth-euspr-conference/
The AITANA research team has participated in the seminar "Building a Culture of Health", held on the 19th September at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA). The researcher Alexandra Morales presented the preliminary results of a qualitative study with the primary goal of improving the effectiveness of a program to reduce sexual risk behaviors in Spanish adolescents. Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (FRWJ), the largest philanthropic organization aimed at promoting health in the United States, gave a lecture on the FRWJ’s new vision around “Building a Culture of Health”, as well as the important role of academia.
The X International Congress of the Spanish Society for the Study of Anxiety and Stress took place on the 11th, 12th and 13th of September, in Valencia. Professor José Antonio Piqueras has presented papers on a symposium about emotional disorders in the school setting. The researcher María T. Gonzálvez has exposed the results of a study that analyses the relationship that exists among coping, depression and substance use in adolescents. María Rivera presented the results of a study that examines the relationship between social rejection with anxiety, depression, and emotional intelligence in children aged 8-12 years. Dr. Piqueras presented a third study on the multidimensionality of OCD in children, adolescents and young-adult Spaniards. The Professor Agustín Martínez from the University of Alicante and Professor Lourdes Espinosa from the University of Jaen also participated in this symposium.
Researchers of AITANA team have just presented the latest outcomes of project DETECTAWEB at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology "From Crisis to Sustainable Well-Being" held in Paris.
It has been recently published online a new issue (vol1, Issue 2) of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, corresponding to July 2014. The issue includes empirical studies of psychopathology and behavior therapy with children and adolescent. Articles can be freely downloaded on the website of the journal: www.revistapcna.com and also order a paper copy through Bubok publisher.
Researchers of AITANA have recently visited the Centre for Research and Assessment Aplied in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at Roehampton University in Great Britain. This research institute led by Professor Cecilia Essau is a reference center for psychological treatment and psychopathology in childhood and adolescence. During the visit professors Espada and Orgilés had the opportunity to participate in a workshop for the implementation of programs to promote skills and competencies in students with emotional difficulties.
AITANA researchers are conducting a series of focus groups with adolescents in several schools in the area to review with them our sex education program and compile proposals for reducing sexual risk behavior.
The 76th Annual Metting of College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) will be held in Puerto Rico from June 14-19, 2014. It is one of the most important conferences on additions held in United States, in which Aitana researchers will present their work about the analysis of the prevalence of driving under the influence of alcohol in Spanish youngsters, preliminary results of smoking cessation and prevention program in high school students, and personality traits and sex under the influence of alcohol during adolescence.
The AITANA group participated in the Socidrogalcohol: XLI National Conference 2014, that was held in Seville. Dr. Amador Calafat moderated a discussion about methodological challenges of evaluating prevention programs in Spain, organized from Evidence-based Prevention. The professor José Pedro Espada analyzed the methodological criteria and effectiveness of school-based prevention programs in Spain from a review conducted by members of the research group. Carles Ariza examined the challenges and limitations of the evaluation of preventive programs in Spain. Finally, José Oñorbe presented the strategic lines of the Action Plan to promote the quality of prevention.
Aitana researchers conducted a study which shows that problem-solving skills training and social skills training are the two key components for the effectiveness of substance use prevention programs. This study was collected by Investing in Children, directed by the Social Research Unit in Dartington: http://investinginchildren.eu/features
AITANA research team received today the visit of the teachers Adriana Lis and Elisa Delveccio, of the University of Padua in Italy on the occasion of a joint cross-cultural study for the evaluation of emotional problems in childhood. The Italian researchers are developing in their country the adaptation of the Separation Anxiety Rating Scale-C for evaluation of anxiety separation in childhood. It is conducting a study of four European countries, including Spain, to discuss separation anxiety in school.
On 21 and 22 March was held in Murcia the III International Congress of Autism which was attended among others by Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, professor of "Development of Psychopathology" of the Department of Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in the UK, Dr. Rita Jordan, professor emeritus in Autism studies at the Center for Autism Education and Research at the University of Birmingham in the UK, and Miguel Angel Verdugo, professor of psychology at the University Disability of Salamanca. Members of AITANA research team have presented a work in which are discussed the results of an intervention on children with autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Faggiano from the University of Avogadro in Novara (Italy) has given a seminar this week to the research members of Aitana as part of continuous training program. The seminar had a format of questions and replies, and technical aspects were addressed on the development of systematic review and meta-analysis in Health Promotion, topic in which are a specialist doctor Faggiano. His well known review of prevention programs published in 2008 in Preventive Medicine and a recent update one based on the incorporation of new criteria of Cochrane Collaboration served as the basis for the discussion.
Professor and researcher of AITANA Mireia Orgilés just published the book " Treating ... darkness phobia in childhood and adolescence." This work aims to present the therapeutic process for children and adolescents with darkness phobia. It includes an intervention protocol when the main technique is gradual exposure in vivo and it is complemented by other educational, behavioral and cognitive therapy strategies to help children cope with fears. Easy to read and very practical content, the book summarizes the psychopathology of darkness phobia, detailing the tools to evaluate, introduced the session by session treatment and offers solutions to certain problems that often occur during the procedure. Guides the psychologist who faces the task of getting the child or teen feel able to sleep in your room, without the company of their parents and feeling calm in the dark. More information at: