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Hellenic Journal of Psychology 
 Psychological Society of Northern Greece


VOLUME 4, ISSUE 3 INFORMATION



HELLENIC JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY
…SSN 1790-1391


Edited three times a year by the Psychological Society of Northern Greece (PSNG)
Volume 4, Issue 3, 2007

Legally responsible:
Anastasia Efklides, President of the Psychological Society of Northern Greece
School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece.
Tel: ++30-2310-997374. Fax: ++30-2310-997384. E-mail: efklides@psy.auth.gr


Editors
Editor-in-Chief:  Anastasia Efklides Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Associate Editors: Maria Dikaiou
Angeliki Leondari
Georgios D. Sideridis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
University of Crete, Greece
Assistant Editors: Irini Dermitzaki
Mary H. Kosmidis
Filippos Vlachos
Plousia Misailidi
Pagona Roussi
University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
University of Ioannina, Greece
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Guest Editor of the Special Section
Panayiota Vorria 

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece



Editorial Board

Anastasia Efklides
George Grouios
Shulamith Kreitler
Diomedes Markoulis
Robert Neimeyer
Markku Niemivirta
Jose M. Prieto
Wolfgang Schnotz 
Yannis Theodorakis
Maria Tzouriadou
Marja Vauras
Marcel Veenman
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
University of Memphis, USA
University of Helsinki, Finland
Complutense University, Madrid, Spain
University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau, Germany
University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
University of Turku, Finland
University of Leiden, The Netherlands


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Volume 4, Issue 1, 2007    


HELLENIC JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY
Founded 2004






SPECIAL SECTION:

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CONTEXT

Guest Editor: Panayiota Vorria

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELLINIKA GRAMMATA


 

CONTENTS


Special Section: Social development and social context

Prologue
           Panayiota Vorria........................................................................................................ vii

From symptom to context: A review of the literature on refugee
children's mental health
           Lucia De Haene, Hans Grietens, & Karine Verschueren
.....................................................233

Interparental conflict and (pre)adolescents' peer relationships
          Maria Vairami & Panayiota Vorria..................................................................................257

Romantic relationships, attachment styles, and experiences of childhood
          Panayiota Vorria, Maria Vairami, Moisis Gialaouzidis, Evdoxia Kotroni,
          Georgia Koutra, Nefeli Markou, Eleni Marti, & Ileana Pantoleon
............................................281

Articles

Adolescentsí motivational orientations, school-subject values, and
well-being: A person-centered approach
           Katariina Salmela-Aro, Jukka Vuori, & Petri Koivisto.........................................................310 

Exploring studentsí well-being by taking a variety of looks into
the classroom
          Tina Hascher............................................................................................................331

 


Hellenic Journal of Psychology, Vol. 4 (2007), pp. vii-viii

 
 

PROLOGUE

 





Research associated with social development is undoubtedly depending on the environmental conditions in which the child is growing up. The childís family, interparental relationships, specific social circumstances Ėe.g., immigrationĖ have a significant effect on childrenís social development. This special section entitled Social Development and Social Context includes three articles, all of them related to social development; one article is literature review and two are presenting research findings. Lucia De Haene, Hans Grietens, and Karine Verschuerenís article is a review of the effects of immigration experience on childrenís mental health and development. Maria Vairami and Panayiota Vorriaís article presents the relationship between interparental conflict and (pre)adolescentsí peer relationships. Panayiota Vorria, Maria Vairami, Moisis Gia-laouzidis, Evdoxia Kotroni, Georgia Koutra, Nefeli Markou, Eleni Marti, and Iliana Pantoleonís article presents the results of a study about romantic relationships, attachment styles, and memories of childhood experiences with parents in a large sample of Greek university students.
De Haene et al.ís article is dealing with the effects of immigration on the psychosocial functioning of refugee children. The authors present different perspectives of the psychological effects on the well-being of these children. They perceive the refugee experience and the forced migration as a long-lasting process of cumulated losses and transitions, as a long-term adverse context which has serious and pervasive effects on childrenís development and mental heath. The authors are referring to the refugee experience as a multidimensional process and address the dynamic interplay between psychological, familial, social, cultural and political factors which might affect the resilience of refugee children.
Vairami and Vorriaís article presents research findings of parental relationships, in particular inter-parental conflict, on (pre)adolescentsí peer relationships. The participants were school aged children, (pre)adolescents, living with their own two-parent families and attending secondary school. The study showed that interparental conflict was negatively related to peer-acceptance in school, to their number of friends, as well as to their close friendships. (Pre)adolescentsí feelings of being to blame for the interparental conflict was the major predictor of (pre)adolescentsí friendship qualities, that is, companionship, help, security, conflict and closeness in (pre)adolescentsí friendships and peer acceptance in school. Preadolescentsí peer relationships, compared to adolescents, were related to a stronger degree to interparental conflict. In boys, the appraisal of threat was the major predictor of their friendship qualities, whereas for girls the appraisal of self-blame negatively predicted these qualities.
Vorria et al.ís article examines the influence of childhood attachment history on adult romantic relationships, in a large sample of university students. The findings indicated that students who had a romantic relationship had a secure or an anxious/ambivalent attachment type with their parents, while those who did not have a romantic relationship mostly had an avoidant/fearful type of attachment. Women had an anxious/ambivalent attachment type, while the majority of men had an avoidant/dismissing or an avoidant/fearful attachment type. Securely attached students used positive adjectives in describing their parents.
Coming to the end of this short introduction, I would like to thank Professor Anastasia Efklides, Editor of the Hellenic Journal of Psychology, for allowing me to undertake this special section as well as for her painstaking efforts to improve the final versions of the papers. I would also like to thank the authors of the papers for their valuable contributions. I am indebted to the reviewers of the papers included in the issue for their valuable feedback. Special thanks are also due to my colleague Evrinomi Avdi for her kindness to edit De Haene et al.ís paper.

 

Thessaloniki, October, 2007

Guest Editor of the Special Section

Panayiota Vorria
Associate Professor

Address: Panayiota Vorria, School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece. E-mail: vorria@psy.auth.gr