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  • Francescato D.,Tomai M., Brancadoro B., Benedetti M., Mebane M.E., (2012), Perceived obstacles and empowering factors influencing the wellbeing of residents in small towns, and urban areas, International Journal Of Psychology, ISSN 0020-7594, Psychology Press pp. 153-4, 10.1080/00207594.2012.709090, (I.F.: 1,097).

ABSTRACT: Community psychology underline how multidimensional environment factors may hinder or enhance the perceived wellbeing, quality of life and empowerment of citizens. The aim of this research was to identify which components of local communities are perceived more as obstacles or instead as empowering factors by people residing in three different territorial contexts: urban city centers, city suburbs, and small towns. About 2000 people (living in 50 districts in the city center of Rome, in 50 suburbs and  in 50 neighboring small towns) participated in this action research, which used a modified version of the community profiling technique developed by Martini and Sequi (1988). Different methods were used to gather data, in particular participants were asked to make a movie script of their community. A first analysis of the movie scripts reveals that in alla geographical areas, old people felt lonely and isolated. In the center of Rome, immigrants were perceived more negatively than in the other areas. The perception of violence also differed in the three communities: in the suburbs it was more related to criminality and use of drugs, and in small towns to personal issues such as marriage betrayals and break-ups. Sense of community was stronger in small towns, and in some historical Roman neighborhoods but three settings people wished for more opportunities to bridge generational and ethnic divides and have closer relations with thei neighbors.

  • Tomai, M., Esposito, F., Brancadoro, B.& Costa, P. A. (2012). Integrating psychologists into hospital settings: Which needs, which challenges? International Journal of Psychology, 47 (sup1, Health), 449. doi:10.1080/00207594.2012.709108(I.F.: 1,097).

ABSTRACT: Despite the international claim of a biopsychosocial paradigm and the increase of psuchological intervention in hospitals, evidence suggests that psychological factors continue to be neglected in medical practice and that integrated mind-body interventions are used with few patients. in italy there is a current lack of legislation that makes it mandatory for hospitals to integrate psychologists, and to regulate their roles and functions. in the few italian hospitals where there are psychologists, their professional role is unclear and understimated. To address this challenge, this contribution presents a research aimed at comprehending italian hospital physicians’ knowledge, representations and demands of psychological intervention in hospital settings. Being the first study of this kind in Italy and with so little international literature, a semistructured pilot interview was created and administered to a wider sample of twenty hospital physicians differing in gender, age, professional specialization, hospital and region. From the data obtained through content analysis, a questionnaire was developed and administered to a wider sample of hospital physicians. Among the results what granted greater reflection, was the high prevalence of representation of a psychological intervention focused only on the single patient to contain the emotional distress related to the disease event and, at the same time, the inability to consider the psychological competence as useful in festering organizational functionating of hospital services. Finally this contribution aims to contribute to the scientific debate about the most effective models to improve the future integration of health psychologists into health care organizations.

  • Tomai, M., Esposito, F., & Brancadoro, B. (2012, July). Enhancing psychological intervention in hospital settings: a glimpse of the italian physicians’ representations and demands. In G. Graffigna, J. M. Morse, A. C. Bosio (Eds.), Engaging People in Health Promotion and Well-being. New opportunities and challenges for qualitative research (pp.171-172). Milan, Italy: Vita e Pensiero.


  • Viviana Langher, Benedetta Brancadoro, Andrea Caputo, Marianna D’Angeli (2013). Un ponte tra università e lavoro Rappresentazioni di un gruppo di studenti sul tirocinio in Psicologia. FOR Rivista per la formazione, 96-97, 2, pp. 87-90.


  • Langher, V., Brancadoro, B., Caputo, A., & D´Angeli, M. (2014). Imagining future internship in professional psychology: A study on university students’ representations. Universitas Psychologica, 13(4), 1589-1601.

ABSTRACT: This paper presents a case study of 213 university students of Clinical Psychology that explores affective symbolizations, which structure their relationship with hosting bodies in internship experience. This is in order to detect students’ main representations about their role as interns, professional activities and functions they have to comply with and the perceived integration between university education and real work contexts. A questionnaire was administered for the analysis of students’ motivational dynamics and expectations activated by imagining their future internship. Four clusters of students have been identified, through multivariate statistical techniques, multiple correspondence analysis (MCA) and cluster analysis (CA). Results were as follows: a general powerlessness, distrust and disinvestment toward internship (17.7%); affiliation with hosting bodies in order to gain increasing acceptance and power (33.8%); high pragmatism, task-orientation and compliance with what the hosting bodies propose (30.8%) and a demand for recognition without any negotiation (17.7%). No relationship is detected between clusters and some illustrative variables related to sex and indicators of academic success, problems and participation. These clusters are conceived along three latent dimensions, which explain 57.9% of the total variance and refer to: disengagement/involvement toward internship experience; powerlessness/omnipotence about using competences and devaluation/ idealization of the hosting body in relation to university training. Overall, two critical issues emerge: the first refers to a gap between university training and internship, the second one deals with discontinuity between the internship and the labor market. Some reflections and implications for practice are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved).

  • Benedetta Brancadoro, Andrea Caputo, Samuele Cocci, Marianna D’Angeli, Yannick hermes, Valentina Nannini, Stefania Reversi (2016). Rivista Rassegna di Psicologia vol 2.

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