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Constantina DemetriouResearch project: Mental health of young people in Cyprus. The influence of family on mental health needs among children and adolescents in community and clinical settings.
Supervisors: Professor Cecilia EssauDr Catherine Gilvarry
Biography
Constantina obtained her first degree in Psychology from City University, London in 2007. Due to her interest in child and adolescents psychopathology, she has done an MSc in Mental Health Practice at the University of Manchester. Following her ambition to become a Researcher, she is doing a PhD in Psychology at Roehampton University in London.
Summary of Research
This research consists of three studies, which aim to investigate the impact of family on children’s and adolescents’ psychopathology in Cyprus. Understanding children and adolescent psychopathology is an essential component in the provision of mental health care; especially in countries like Cyprus where research is still lacking. This project focuses on ways that family impact in young people mental health; aged 12 – 17 years. Participants were recruited in Cyprus both in community and clinical settings. By assessing family attachment, family functioning, family structure, parental styles, behaviours and beliefs and youth psychopathology and comparing both settings, this study tries to get some answers on how family factors influence the outcome of their lives and if this factor differs across settings, by using both quantitative and qualitative research.
Training
• European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies: ESTSS Certificate in Psychotraumatology.
Publications
• Demetriou, C, Ederer-Fick, E. M. & Essau, C. Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Case analysis and easly interventions. In Barbara Gasteiger Klicpera (Ed.), Theory, concepts and applications of inclusive education. Viena (Konzepte und Anwendungsfelder der inklusiven Pädagogik. Wien: Facultas-Verlag.)
• Essau, C.A., Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, X., Demetriou, C. & Pourseied, K. (in press). Cultural Factors: Implication for the treatment of Childhood anxiety disorders. In C. A. Essau & T. H. Ollendick (Eds.), Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
• Guerard K., Saint-Aubin J., Poirier M. & Demetriou C. (In press). Assessing the influence of letter position in reading normal and transposed texts using a letter detection task. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology.
Conference presentations
• The influence of family on mental health need among adolescents in community setting. Presented at the 6th International Conference of Child and Adolescents Psychopathology. Roehampton University. London, UK. 11–12 July 2010.
• Mental Health of young people in Cyprus. The influence of family on mental health need among children and adolescents in community and clinical sample. Presented at the 5th International Conference of Child and Adolescents Psychopathology. Roehampton University. London, UK. 12–13 July 2010.
• The Missing-Letter Effect with Transported Letters: Letter Position within the World Matters. Presented at the 21st Annual Conference of Association of Psychological Science. Crossing Boundaries: Becoming a Cumulative Science. San Francisco, CA. 22 May 2009