Promotion of health in children and adolescents

Principal Investigator

Margarida Gaspar de Matos

 

 


 

Goals

Our  research focuses on well-being and health in youth and adolescent populations, with particular emphasis on leisure-related activities, substance use, sexual behavior, violence, nutrition, physical activity, mental health and well-being, and quality of life.

 

Currently we aim to:

  • Investigate health-related contexts, such as leisure, substance use, sexual behavior, violence, nutrition, physical activity, mental health and well-being, and quality of life perception
  • Identify individual resources, such as social competences, resilience, self-regulation, entrepreneurship, and social engagement, which permit the means to cope with adverse contexts
  • Identify contextual factors, such as family, school, neighborhood social networks and social cohesion, associated with adverse circumstances