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Teacher-student interaction and mental health in preschool children

Grant number: 16/10120-1
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: October 01, 2016 - September 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Psychiatry
Principal Investigator:Sheila Cavalcante Caetano
Grantee:Sheila Cavalcante Caetano
Home Institution: Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Jacy Perissinoto ; Jair de Jesus Mari ; Maria Conceição do Rosário ; Marília Mariano ; Pamela Jean Surkan ; Silvia Saboia Martins ; Zila van der Meer Sanchez Dutenhefner


The early childhood education is designed for children up to 5 years and aims at the integral development of the child in their physical, psychological, social and intelectual domains. For teaching to be effective, a good teacher-student interaction is needed. Furthermore, these interactions can impact both positively and negatively on the cognitive and socio-emotional development, in addition to be associated with internalizing and externalizing symptoms/syndromes in children. The main goal of this proposed project is to investigate teacher-student interaction at preschools. The specific goals are to evaluate whether the indicators of teacher-student interaction would be associated with development and mental health in children (cognitive, socio-emocioanl and linguage development, and internalyzing and externalyzing symptoms/syndromes). Our proposal will be held together with the epidemiological study already funded by CNPq "Trauma, mental health and early childhood development". The epidemiological study will identify the risk factors for the development of internalizing and externalizing symptoms/syndromes in early childhood, as well as delays in cognitive, socioemotional and language development, with a focus on the central role of traumatic events, in a representative sample of 1250 children who attend public preschools in Embu das Artes, in the metropolitan region of São Paulo. For our current proposal, we will use the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) to study teacher-student interaction. This study is useful both for education programming and practice of teaching, as to aspects of the development and mental health of children. (AU)

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Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MOLINO, ANDREA R.; FIDALGO, THIAGO M.; RIBEIRO, V, MARCOS; MARIANO, MARILIA; MARTINS, SILVIA S.; CAETANO, SHEILA C.; SURKAN, PAMELA J. Maternal cigarette use during pregnancy and school readiness: An analysis of preschool age children in Sao Paulo, Brazil. EARLY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, v. 148, SEP 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
PAOLA MATIKO MARTINS OKUDA; ERIKA FÉLIX; HUGO COGO-MOREIRA; TING LIU; PAMELA J. SURKAN; SILVIA S. MARTINS; SHEILA C. CAETANO. Construct validity of the Motor Development Scale (MDS). Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, v. 42, n. 1, p. 82-85, Mar. 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
SHEILA C. CAETANO; MARCOS V.V. RIBEIRO; MELANIE S. ASKARI; ZILA M. SANCHEZ; MARIA C. DO ROSÁRIO; JACY PERISSINOTO; ROSA RESEGUE; ERIKA FELIX; MARÍLIA MARIANO; THIAGO M. FIDALGO; MICHELLE CAETANO; JAIR J. MARI; PAMELA J. SURKAN; SILVIA S. MARTINS. An epidemiological study of childhood development in an urban setting in Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria, n. ahead, p. -, 2020.

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