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For my last blog I want to talk about how the “Child and Adolescent Global Health” course has shifted my perspective on the practice of social sciences in general and in sociology in particular.

The first thing that pleased me about it was the interactive arrangement of the class that put students, teachers and mental researchers and professionals in constant communication. I think that organizing the classroom that way helped stimulate analytical thinking as well as encouraging oneself to project farther.

The second aspect was the innovative and multidisciplinary nature of the course; I think that bringing together students from…


The paradox of child institutionalization

The global number of children confined in institutions (orphanages, alternative care centers or other denomination) is about five million. This estimate does not reflect the real problem of child institutionalization and might be higher according to Desmond C. et all.

The UN Convention on The Rights of the Child supports the idea of a child‘s right to grow within a caring family environment. The treaty states that institutionalization should be the last option for providing care to children all around the world. …


Resilience science: a new platform for collaborative research

Resilience science appears to attract a new international interest triggered by the sequels of on-going wars and natural disasters. World stability and human development are hindered by the consequences of these scourges that foster violence, deepen inequalities, insecurity and malnutrition, particularly for a too large number of children whose human capital will be forever compromised, if nothing is undertaken to provide early intervention.

As a construct, resilience is a complex concept to define that bears different connotations for different people , in different cultural settings and at different moments of live. …


Resilience science: a new platform for collaborative research

Resilience science appears to attract a new international interest triggered by the sequels of on-going wars and natural disasters. World stability and human development are hindered by the consequences of these scourges that foster violence, deepen inequalities, insecurity and malnutrition, particularly for a too large number of children whose human capital will be forever compromised, if nothing is undertaken to provide early intervention.

As a construct, resilience is a complex concept to define that bears different connotations for different people , in different cultural settings and at different moments of live. …


Around the world very young children are confronted with mental health disorders. Although better recognized than before, the diagnostic and assessment still remain a challenge. According to von Klitzing, Dohnert, Kroll, & Grube, (2015), mental disorders in infants is as prevalent in adolescent and very disconcerting because of the important consequences for the future health of the children and for the society at large.

Infancy, particularly the first three years of the life an individual is primordial. There is an agreement in the psychology/neurology field that that is the period when “both the brain and behavior are in vulnerable states…

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