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Trajectoires de développement chez les jeunes (TRAJ)

Developmental pathways in youth

The identification of various protective factors that influence individual, familial, social and community spheres to reduce the impact of sexual violence and the establishment of effective intervention practices are considered priorities to counter this serious social problem. Ongoing research projects aim to validate conceptual models on the relationship between victimization and its impact on youth development by studying the mediating and moderating factors involved and to identify elements associated with resilience pathways using a longitudinal approach.

Issues specific to each developmental period are considered. Therefore, the project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (M. Hébert and A. Bernier) investigates developmental trajectories of preschool-age children (4-6 years old) and gives priority to a conceptual framework based on attachment representations. In addition, the project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (M. Hébert, C. Allard - Dansereau, A.-C. Bernard-Bonnin and M. Cyr) documents the trajectories of school-age children (6-12 years old) while focusing on emotion regulation and coping strategies of youth as key mediators of children’s resilience capacities. An analysis identifying subgroups distinguishes correlates associated with classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS) and complex symptoms of PTS. These researches will better define the diversity of profiles and will contribute to the development of intervention practices adapted to the needs of sexually abused children. The projects are conducted in close collaboration with the following organizations: Centre d'intervention en abus sexuel pour la famille (CIASF), Parents-Unis Repentigny Lanaudière (PURL), Centre Jeunesse de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec (CJMCQ), Clinique de pédiatrie sociojuridique du CHU Sainte-Justine and Centre d'expertise Marie-Vincent (CEMV).



Manon Robichaud, M.A.
Research Professional
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