WORKSHOP – Chair Dr Julien/Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu en pédiatrie sociale en communauté
Vulnerable children are exposed to several developmental risk factors. In their family environments, they are susceptible of experiencing neglect and abuse. On a personal level, many vulnerable children adopt behaviours that hamper their overall functioning, such as impulsiveness, attention deficits, hyperactivity and aggressiveness. Their parents, which often struggle with mental health issues and substance abuse, may feel overwhelmed when trying to deal with these difficult behaviours. To improve vulnerable children’s development, several different types of interventions can be carried out–with both the children and their families. This session will focus on three intervention approaches that target impulsive behaviour in young people, negative experiences during childhood, and parents’ coping mechanisms. Particular attention will be paid to the assessment of the impacts of these interventions. Challenges of evaluation assessment will be addressed.