SOME PSYCHO-PATHOLOGICAL ISSUES ON FEMALE PUBERTY

Abstract: Female puberty is a period of a certain psycho-pathological vulnerability (deprressive conditions, inhitions, phobias) with school repercussions, which sometimes the teachers are unaware of. One should refer to the results of an epidemiological study in a female school population (11-13 years of age), in which the assessment of the non-academic self-concept was made by applying the "Piers-Harris Children’s Self-Concept scale" (F. Veiga’s Portuguese adaptation), co-relating it to Maria Kovacs’s (C.D.I.) scale, in the cases of low self-concept. 9% of the students were found at risk of depression. How can the school, through its teachers and psychologists, deal with these situations, before guiding them, if need be, to a Childhood and Adolescence Psychiatry consultation?


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