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See detailEmpathy and social relationships in suicidal adolescents
Jadin, Aurore ULg; Vermaelen, Noémie; Blavier, Adelaïde ULg

Poster (2014, May 27)

Empathy and suicide among minor people are two research topics currently very explored. Psychologists often speak about suicide because it represents the second cause of mortality among 15-24-year-old ... [more ▼]

Empathy and suicide among minor people are two research topics currently very explored. Psychologists often speak about suicide because it represents the second cause of mortality among 15-24-year-old adolescents (Delvenne, 2005). Several studies have already analyzed the links between empathy skills and some psychopathology (behavioral disorders, hyperactivity and alcoholism) but no research before this one has developed empathic abilities in suicidal adolescents. The aims of the present study were respectively to examine suicidal adolescents’ empathy skills, interpersonal capacities and to investigate the quality of their social relationships. [less ▲]

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See detailMaintaining people with multiple sclerosis at work: Validation of a questionnaire identifying their professional difficulties
Blavier, Adelaïde ULg; Monisse, Aurélie; Berkail, Radia et al

Poster (2014, May 27)

The purpose of this paper is to present the construction and validation of a questionnaire in order to evaluate the specific work difficulties and compensation mechanisms developed by multiple sclerosis ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this paper is to present the construction and validation of a questionnaire in order to evaluate the specific work difficulties and compensation mechanisms developed by multiple sclerosis patients (MS). At the moment, only few very recent questionnaires (in English) are constructed in order to highlight the link between the patients’ cognitive deficits with their professional situation (Doogan & Playford, 2014; Honan et al., 2012; McFadden et al., 2012). This lack of accurate assessment is detrimental to the patients’ job retention. Our questionnaire was constructed from review of literature and interviews of patients and experts. In order to validate our questionnaire and to test its specificity to MS patients, three groups of participants answered the questionnaire: MS patients, diabetic patients (diabetes is also a chronic illness but without any cognitive deficits contrary to MS) and a control group. We controlled the effect of anxiety and depression and we conducted a factorial analysis that showed the existence of 3 factors: the ergonomic factor (that includes cognitive difficulties and resources and adaptation process), the description of work situation and the social support. The three groups of participants obtained similar results for the work description and the social support while the group of patients with MS obtained a higher score than the other 2 groups for the ergonomic factor. These results suggest that our questionnaire is specific to the MS population and to the difficulties they specifically meet in their work situations. These results highlight new research opportunities and specific ways to increase job retention in MS population. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of eye movements specific to drowsiness and their relation with subjective assessment: A cognitive ergonomic approach.
Blavier, Adelaïde ULg; Montagnino, Cédric; Wertz, Jérôme ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 27)

Drowsiness is one of the major factors explaining accidents, particularly in traffic accidents but also in work situations with serious consequences (e.g. medicine). The drowsiness may be assessed by ... [more ▼]

Drowsiness is one of the major factors explaining accidents, particularly in traffic accidents but also in work situations with serious consequences (e.g. medicine). The drowsiness may be assessed by diverse measures that vary from physiological and unconscious data (e.g. EEG) to subjective and conscious evaluation. In their daily life, people are used to evaluate their drowsiness by subjective assessment and research observes a great inter-individual variation in this evaluation. Moreover, the subjective evaluation is dependent on the situation and the risk perceived by the person (e.g., new versus usual situations, simple versus complex environments, etc.). In this theoretical context, our purpose was to investigate the links between 1) objective performance (reaction time) measured by a psychomotor vigilance task (PVT), 2) data from eye movements and 3) subjective assessment of drowsiness (measured with Karolinska Sleepiness Scale, KSS). 12 persons, aged from 20 to 56, participated individually. They were asked to respect a 60% sleep deprivation during the night before the experiment and to not drink any energy drinks the day of the experiment. The experiment was conducted between 1 and 3 PM after a heavy lunch in order to increase the circadian effect. Moreover, the temperature of the room was 25° in order to increase drowsiness. Each participant was asked to perform 4 PVT. However, although 100% of participants performed the first two PVT, only 66% were able to perform the third PVT and only 33% of participants performed the fourth and last PVT. Our results showed an effect of time on objective performance, eye movements and subjective assessment of drowsiness in PVT 1 and 2: significant increase of reaction time, increase of eye closure and perclos, reduction of pupil diameter and increase of subjective drowsiness estimation (KSS). Only the frequency and duration of blinks remained constant across time. In PVT 3 and 4, data from eye movements and objective performance (reaction time) did not vary anymore across the time. Only the subjective estimation of drowsiness (KSS) continued to increase. Furthermore, subjective estimation of drowsiness was differently correlated with eye movements and objective performance across the PVT; it was significantly correlated with reaction time (PVT 1,2,3), blink frequency and duration (PVT 1,2,3), perclos (PVT 1,2,3,4), eye closure (PVT 2,3), pupil diameter (PVT 1,2,3,4). These results are discussed and integrated in an ergonomic approach in order to analyze the links between objective performance, eye movements and subjective assessment of drowsiness. [less ▲]

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See detailLong protocols to Rorschach Comprehensive System and a posteriori reduction of number of responses: What is the impact on the clinical interpretation ?
Dufour, Cristelle; Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Blavier, Adelaïde ULg

Poster (2014, May 27)

Our study was interested in the exceptionally long protocols, superior to 55 answers, supplied by five subjects in the test of Rorschach according to the method of the Comprehensive System. In order to ... [more ▼]

Our study was interested in the exceptionally long protocols, superior to 55 answers, supplied by five subjects in the test of Rorschach according to the method of the Comprehensive System. In order to gain understanding of which attitude to adopt in front of this kind of protocol, we made a a posteriori reduction of the number of answers by basing us on the recommendations of Exner (Exner, on 2001), then a comparative study between the clinical interpretation realized with all of the answers and with only the first five answers by board. We also replicate this methodology of a posteriori decrease of the number of answers with four answers by board according to the new recommendations of the system R-PAS of Meyer and al. (Meyer and al, on 2009). The sample consists of three raw coal subjects and two psychiatric subjects. Our analysis highlighted a stability of certain variables (EB, Lambda, EA for example) but a difference in the psychological profile of the subjects after reduction. We observed a clarification of the fundamental difficulties to the psychiatric subjects and rather a neutralization of these difficulties for the raw coal subjects, with particularly defence mechanisms which seem more adapted. In our sample, the consideration of all of the answers or only of the partial protocol thus brings a difference in the clinical interpretation ; as a consequence any reduction should be made with big caution. Our study allows to discuss current practices of the test of Rorschach, by looking for a compromise between the inherent constraints to the validity of the test and the questions of the clinical complexity decrease appropriate to any initiative of standardization. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation and integration of the Rorschach Comprehensive System and the TCI-R questionnaire
Rentmeister, Daniel; Blavier, Adelaïde ULg; Di Piazza, Laetitia ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 27)

In this study, a dual purpose is sought. First, we statistically compare the Rorschach test interpreted by the Comprehensive System from J.E. Exner and the Temperament and Character Inventory – Revised by ... [more ▼]

In this study, a dual purpose is sought. First, we statistically compare the Rorschach test interpreted by the Comprehensive System from J.E. Exner and the Temperament and Character Inventory – Revised by R. Cloninger to highlight their differences and similarities. Second, through clinical cases, we discuss the relevance of integrating the results obtained by these two tools to establish a comprehensive and consistent psychological profile of an individual. For the statistical comparison, a sample of 27 “healthy” subjects (M = 24.37 years, SD = 2.75) was first submitted to the Rorschach test. Then, immediately after, each subject completed the TCI-R. A correlation analysis (Pearson Rho) was done between various Index and a Bonferroni adjustment was made. For the case studies, 3 subjects were recruited. Anamneses were carried out and the Rorschach test and TCI-R administered. Our first results, which are to be taken with caution because of the small number of subjects in the sample, must be qualified and discussed. From 2448 statistical comparisons, we select the most relevant and discuss different correlation results. The case studies show a concordance in social relationships and impulsivity; and show that the information peculiar to each test allows us to complete the subject’s profile. Finally, it is by addressing two different epistemologies underlying these two tests that we can best explain the psychological differences highlighted in the same individuals. We conclude by suggesting that this difference in results must certainly be understood in an integrative logic and emphasizes the complementarity between these two tests. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of eye movements specific to drowsiness and their relation with subjective assessment of sleepiness in PVT: A cognitive ergonomic approach
Blavier, Adelaïde ULg; Montagnino, Cédric; Wertz, Jérôme ULg et al

Conference (2014, February 24)

Drowsiness is one of the major factors explaining accidents, particularly in traffic accidents but also in work situations with serious consequences (e.g. medicine). The drowsiness may be assessed by ... [more ▼]

Drowsiness is one of the major factors explaining accidents, particularly in traffic accidents but also in work situations with serious consequences (e.g. medicine). The drowsiness may be assessed by diverse measures that vary from physiological and unconscious data (e.g. EEG) to subjective and conscious evaluation. In their daily life, people are used to evaluate their drowsiness by subjective assessment and research observes a great inter-individual variation in this evaluation. Moreover, the subjective evaluation is dependent on the situation and the risk perceived by the person (e.g., new versus usual situations, simple versus complex environments, etc.). In this theoretical context, our purpose was to investigate the links between 1) objective performance (reaction time) measured by a psychomotor vigilance task (PVT), 2) data from eye movements and 3) subjective assessment of drowsiness (measured with Karolinska Sleepiness Scale, KSS). 12 persons, aged from 20 to 56, participated individually. They were asked to respect a 60% sleep deprivation during the night before the experiment and to not drink any energy drinks the day of the experiment. The experiment was conducted between 1 and 3 PM after a heavy lunch in order to increase the circadian effect. Moreover, the temperature of the room was 25° in order to increase drowsiness. Each participant was asked to perform 4 PVT. However, although 100% of participants performed the first two PVT, only 66% were able to perform the third PVT and only 33% of participants performed the fourth and last PVT. Our results showed an effect of time on objective performance, eye movements and subjective assessment of drowsiness in PVT 1 and 2: significant increase of reaction time, increase of eye closure and perclos, reduction of pupil diameter and increase of subjective drowsiness estimation (KSS). Only the frequency and duration of blinks remained constant across time. In PVT 3 and 4, data from eye movements and objective performance (reaction time) did not vary anymore across the time. Only the subjective estimation of drowsiness (KSS) continued to increase. Furthermore, subjective estimation of drowsiness was differently correlated with eye movements and objective performance across the PVT; it was significantly correlated with reaction time (PVT 1,2,3), blink frequency and duration (PVT 1,2,3), perclos (PVT 1,2,3,4), eye closure (PVT 2,3), pupil diameter (PVT 1,2,3,4). These results are discussed and integrated in an ergonomic approach in order to analyze the links between objective performance, eye movements and subjective assessment of drowsiness. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Rorschach selon le Système Intégré et le TCI-R : comparaison et intégration
Rentmeister, Daniel; Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Blavier, Adelaïde ULg

Poster (2014, January 22)

Pour cette étude, un double objectif est recherché. Premièrement, nous comparons statistiquement le test de Rorschach selon le Système Intégré de J.E.Exner et le Temperament and Character Inventory – ... [more ▼]

Pour cette étude, un double objectif est recherché. Premièrement, nous comparons statistiquement le test de Rorschach selon le Système Intégré de J.E.Exner et le Temperament and Character Inventory – Revised de R. Cloninger afin de mettre en évidence leurs divergences et convergences. Deuxièmement, à l’aide de cas cliniques, nous discutons de la pertinence de l’intégration des résultats obtenus par ces deux outils en vue d’établir le profil psychologique complet et cohérent d’un individu. Pour la comparaison statistique, notre échantillon de 27 sujets tout-venant (M = 24,37 ans ; SD = 2,75) a d’abord été soumis au test de Rorschach. Directement après, chaque sujet a complété le TCI-R. Une analyse de corrélation (Rho de Pearson) a été calculée entre les indices et un ajustement de Bonferroni a été effectué. Pour l’analyse de cas, 3 sujets cliniques ont été recrutés. Une anamnèse a été réalisée et le test de Rorschach et TCI-R administré. Nos premiers résultats, qui sont à prendre avec prudence au vu du faible nombre de sujet de l’échantillon, sont à nuancer et discuter. À partir de 2016 comparaisons statistiques, nous sélectionnons les résultats les plus pertinents et discutons des différentes corrélations observées. Les analyses de cas nous montrent une concordance au niveau des relations sociales et de l’impulsivité ; et nous montrent que les informations propres à chaque test permettent de compléter le profil du sujet. Enfin, c’est en abordant les deux épistémologies différentes sur lesquelles reposent ces deux tests que nous pouvons expliquer au mieux les différences psychologiques mises en évidence à propos des mêmes individus. Nous concluons en suggérant que cette différence de résultats doit certainement être comprise selon une logique intégrative et souligne la complémentarité existant entre ces deux épreuves. [less ▲]

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See detailClinique du Stress et du Traumatisme psychique - Approche cognitivo-comportementale
Blavier, Adelaïde ULg

Scientific conference (2013, December 13)

L’objectif de cette conférence est de décrire en quoi consiste l'approche cognitivo-comportementale, son origine et de préciser comment l'approche cognitivo-comportementale aborde la clinique du ... [more ▼]

L’objectif de cette conférence est de décrire en quoi consiste l'approche cognitivo-comportementale, son origine et de préciser comment l'approche cognitivo-comportementale aborde la clinique du traumatisme psychique. Seront également discutées les particularités de cette clinique du traumatisme psychique par rapport à d'autres cliniques ainsi que la position du praticien en victimologie. Le but est de permettre à l'étudiant de pouvoir prendre connaissance des enjeux cognitivo-comportementaux et de la clinique cognitivo-comportementale autour de la victime souffrant de psychotraumatisme. [less ▲]

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See detailIntervention ergonomique à visée cognitive pour le maintien au travail de patients atteints de sclérose en plaques : construction d’une méthodologie et validation d’un questionnaire
Blavier, Adelaïde ULg; Monisse, Aurélié; DELRUE, Gaël ULg et al

in Van de Leemput, Cécile (Ed.) Activités humaines, Technologies et Bien-être (2013, July 11)

The purpose of this paper is to present the construction of a questionnaire in order to evaluate the specific work difficulties and compensation mechanisms developed by multiple sclerosis patients (MS ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this paper is to present the construction of a questionnaire in order to evaluate the specific work difficulties and compensation mechanisms developed by multiple sclerosis patients (MS). At the moment, it does not exist any questionnaire that links the patients cognitive deficits with their professional situation. This lack of accurate assessment is detrimental to the patients job retention. Our questionnaire was constructed from review of literature and interviews of patients and experts. Three groups of patients answered the questionnaire: MS patients, diabetics patients and a control group. We controlled the effect of anxiety and depression and we conducted a factorial analysis that showed the existence of 3 factors: the ergonomics factor (that includes cognitive difficulties and resources and adaptation process), the description of work situation and the social support. The three groups of participants obtained similar results for the work description and the social support while the group of patients with MS obtained a higher score than the other 2 groups for the ergonomics factor. These results suggest that our questionnaire is specific to the MS patients population and to their difficulties they met in their work situations. These results offered also some ways to increase job retention in MS patients population. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of benevolent sexism on assessment of dangerousness by novice and expert policemen: a study by eye tracking
Blavier, Adelaïde ULg; Cardyn, Perrine; Gelon, Emilie et al

Conference (2013, May 28)

Our aim was to study how professional expertise may influence both visual perception of a scene and verbal judgment and how these 2 components interact and are influenced by benevolent sexism attitude. We ... [more ▼]

Our aim was to study how professional expertise may influence both visual perception of a scene and verbal judgment and how these 2 components interact and are influenced by benevolent sexism attitude. We studied how stereotype (here, benevolent sexism) influences both the eye movements and the verbal judgment according to the expertise. 3 groups of subjects (10 expert policemen-policewomen, 10 novice policemen-policewomen and 10 control subjects) answered to ASI questionnaire and assessed dangerousness of 15 images of domestic violence (individually and randomly presented). Eye movements were recorded while subjects looked at the domestic violence images. Our results showed the more benevolent sexist are the subjects (particularly the women), the more they looked at the victim and the lower they assessed the dangerousness. Moreover, novices answered more slowly and assessed ambiguous situations as more dangerous than experts. The differences between novices and experts were more important for women than for men, suggesting that professional experience has a stronger impact on women than men. Our findings confirm our main hypothesis suggesting sexism influences the visual analysis of a scene and thus the judgment attributed to the scene. Moreover, it seems professional experience does not modify the stereotype, particularly for benevolent sexist men. The discussion of all our results emphasizes their implication for a better understanding of our visual cognitive system (particularly the interaction between low-level visual analysis by eye movements and verbal judgment) and for the training of policemen (by taking into account the importance of their stereotype in complex interventions). [less ▲]

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See detailL’influence du passé d’agression sexuelle sur le sentiment de compétence parentale : analyse qualitative et quantitative.
Blavier, Adelaïde ULg; Fivet, Marie; Thiltges, Esther ULg et al

Conference (2013, May 15)

L’objectif de cette présentation est d’étudier le sentiment de compétence parentale chez des mères qui ont été victimes d’agressions sexuelles pendant leur enfance (entre 0 et 16 ans) et de mettre en ... [more ▼]

L’objectif de cette présentation est d’étudier le sentiment de compétence parentale chez des mères qui ont été victimes d’agressions sexuelles pendant leur enfance (entre 0 et 16 ans) et de mettre en évidence les facteurs qui affectent cette image chez ces mères. Afin de tenir compte de la complexité du phénomène, nous avons examiné diverses caractéristiques relatives à l’agression sexuelle (durée, âge lors des premiers faits, force et menace, intensité du traumatisme subi, avoir suivi une thérapie ou non, divers troubles encore présents actuellement). En outre, nous avons pris en considération la présence d’autres maltraitances infantiles survenues durant l’enfance et/ou l’adolescence. Les outils utilisés pour la récolte des données sont le questionnaire d’autoévaluation de la compétence parentale (QAECP), le TraumaQ et un entretien semi-structuré réalisé suite à une revue de la littérature. Nous avons rencontré 11 mères victimes d’agression et 11 mères non victimes (groupe contrôle apparié). Suite à la récolte de ces données, des analyses qualitatives et quantitatives ont été réalisées. Celles-ci montrent que le sentiment de compétence parentale est inférieur chez les mères qui ont été agressées sexuellement et que plus le traumatisme psychologique est intense, plus le sentiment de compétence parentale est faible. On remarque également que ces mères victimes d’agression sexuelle perçoivent leurs parents comme étant moins compétents que les mères contrôles. De plus, lorsqu’il y a eu d’autres maltraitances infantiles, les mères se sentent encore moins compétentes. Nos résultats montrent en outre l’influence d’autres caractéristiques sur le sentiment de compétence parentale, telles que l’âge au début des faits, le statut de l’agresseur, les troubles dépressifs et les troubles du sommeil. L’ensemble de ces facteurs et leurs conséquences illustre la complexité individuelle mais aussi intergénérationnelle de cette problématique. Les résultats seront discutés à la lumière des théories scientifiques dans ce domaine. Nous terminerons l’exposé par les pistes thérapeutiques mises en place pour restaurer l’image parentale auprès de ces mères afin d’améliorer les relations qu’elles entretiennent avec leur(s) enfant(s) en vue notamment de prévenir les risques de maltraitance infantile (négligence, violence) ou la mise en place d’un cycle intergénérationnel de l’abus. [less ▲]

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See detailLes contenus anatomiques au test de Rorschach : comparaison des réponses de sujets infirmiers à une population contrôle.
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Thiltges, Esther ULg; Wertz, Céline ULg et al

in Encéphale (L') (2013), 39(2), 94-100

Introduction: The study of answer contents at Rorschach test leads to numerous debates and controversies. On a pragmatic point of view, the recurrent question is to understand the meaning of a content (or ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The study of answer contents at Rorschach test leads to numerous debates and controversies. On a pragmatic point of view, the recurrent question is to understand the meaning of a content (or its repetition) in a protocol. On a discursive and perceptive point of view, it is hazardous to give an interpretation other than descriptive and contextual. Indeed, no one interpretative theory or analysis method is able to determine with certainty and rigour a strict correlation between people’s psychological functioning and the contents they perceive. Methods: In this empirical context, we studied the “anatomy” answers (frequencies and formal qualities) in a nurse population (N=38) matched with a control group (non medical subjects, N=38). The Rorschach test was administrated according to the recommendations of Integrated System. Results: The average of An+Xy answers was clearly and significantly higher in nurse population (3.58) than in the control group (0.89) and than in the three comparative norms that we selected (from 0.96 to 1.83). Concerning the formal quality, the repeated-measures analysis of variance showed a significant interaction effect: although subjects in the control group gave a similar number of ordinary, unusual and minus forms for An+Xy answers, the nurses gave more wrong (minus) forms (1.79) than unusual forms (1.21) and finally than ordinary forms (0.58). un nombre significativement plus élevé de mauvaises formes (1.79) que de formes inhabituelles (1.21) et finalement que de formes ordinaires (0.58). Discussion: Two hypotheses may be suggested in order to explain our findings. From one part, there is highly probable that our results are linked to the everyday body confrontation in nurse job. From another part, we suggest that by giving An+Xy answers, nurses tend to reveal some idiosyncratic characteristics in order to show their own identity. Indeed, our nurse subjects were selected because of their job and then they complied with the social identity that was implicitly expected. This is congruent with the complex functioning in social reality: in a social group, people will not verbalize all of their perceptions, they will preferentially verbalize perceptions that define their social identity. On the contrary, if some perceptions do not comply with subject’s identity, these perceptions will be less frequently verbalized despite the fact that they were perceived. Concerning the second main finding, the inadequate formal quality of answers given by nurses emphasizes a visual misrepresentation conditioning by one’s job. This effect is interesting on a psychological point of view because it suggests that this tendency to perceive more anatomical contents arises to the detriment of the “reality”. Finally, our findings allowed us to suggest hypothesis on the role of identity on answer contents at Rorschach test according to the context and to formulate some recommendations about the content use in the Rorschach interpretation. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigating Expertise, Flexibility and Resilience in Socio-technical Environments : A Case Study in Robotic Surgery.
Nyssen, Anne-Sophie ULg; Blavier, Adelaïde ULg

in Hollnagel, Erik; Braithwaite, Jeffrey; Wears, Robert (Eds.) Resilient Health Care (2013)

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See detailDeveloping a multiple-level, multiple-perspective and multi-temporal approach to psychological harassment at work: model and case study.
Faulx, Daniel ULg; Blavier, Adelaïde ULg

in Travail Humain (Le) (2013), 2(76), 155-179

Over the past fifteen years, numerous studies have been conducted on the problem of psychological harassment in the workplace. Nevertheless, many challenges remain in this field, both on the scientific ... [more ▼]

Over the past fifteen years, numerous studies have been conducted on the problem of psychological harassment in the workplace. Nevertheless, many challenges remain in this field, both on the scientific level and in terms of intervention and diagnosis. One challenge in particular that remains is that of better observation of the complexity and evolution of situations, taking into account more than one perspective and allowing for several levels of understanding. In this article, we present a case study in which we question all the protagonists in an alleged harassment situation. The data are analysed according to the Liège model. The article presents new findings on the subject of the psycho-socio-managerial dynamics of harassment, particularly the existence of different sources of legitimacy for feeling harassed and the labyrinth of conflictual relationships and victim relationships. The implications of this model in terms of diagnosis and intervention are discussed at the end of the article. [less ▲]

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See detailTroubles réactionnels de l’attachement et compétences émotionnelles chez l’enfant âgé de cinq à huit ans
Wertz, Céline ULg; Gauthier, Jean-Marie ULg; Blavier, Adelaïde ULg

in Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence (2012), 60(7-8), 492504

Background The quality of interactions experienced with primary attachment figures influences the development of emotional skills. On the other hand, we know how emotions fill a critical adaptive role for ... [more ▼]

Background The quality of interactions experienced with primary attachment figures influences the development of emotional skills. On the other hand, we know how emotions fill a critical adaptive role for the social adjustment, in that they assume both a communicative function and an informative value. In this paper, we were particularly interested in how children's patterns of attachment were expressed in terms of ability to understand other's emotions. According to Laible & Thompson's observations (1998), we tested the following hypothesis: insecure attachment representations are associated with a poverty of skills in decoding emotional signals. They especially would affect the perception of negative emotional expressions, because of their threatening nature. Method We tested this hypothesis by the meeting of four children of primary school age (5 to 8 years old) with a reactive attachment disorder, and four peer controls, matched for gender and age. At first, the Attachment Story Completion Task (Bretherton et al., 1990) allowed us to specify the type of attachment disorder for each child of the clinical group. Secondly, inspired by Pollak et al.’s study, we proposed to all subjects a recognition task of facial emotional expressions. Results We observed in the clinical group low average rates of identification of basic and primary negative emotions. But if the accuracy of judgments is a function of emotion's valence, it actually seems more especially dependent of the child's attachment pattern. More specifically, whereas some of them tend to avoid dealing with negative emotions (desactivation of attachment strategy), others fit into an opposite pattern of hypersensitivity to these emotions (hyperactivation). Particular ways of emotional perception finally appear typical of specific patterns of attachment. Moreover, the finding of specific patterns of errors, and particularly the central role of sadness in these confusions would demonstrate an immaturity of empathic and symbolic skills in children suffering from this kind of disorder. Conclusion These results, although obtained from a small sample of children, nevertheless open interesting perspectives for research, both theoretical and methodological level. They especially concern difficulties experienced by these children to consider emotion to a symbolic level and the various defenses set up in front of emotional life, prevent their access to others’ point of view. This seems causing many social dysregulations tending to increase, in turn, their deficiencies in the affective area. [less ▲]

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