More about the TN on Latin America

December 19, 2014 8:14 AM | Anonymous

Who is in charge of the TN on Latin America?

Alicia Facio is the Chair of the present TN. Dr. Facio is a full Professor of Developmental Psychology (retired) at the Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos (Argentina). She investigates socioemotional development with a longitudinal design in Argentinians between 13 and 27 years old, one cohort between 13 and 25, and another cohort between 13 and 27. She is the author of books, chapters, and numerous papers on her research topics. She is also a clinical psychologist, training psychologists and psychiatrists in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy from the Litoral.

Luciana Dutra-Thomé is the Co-Chair of the present TN. She is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). She researches populations at social and personal risk, social development over the life cycle and developmental psychology with emphases in Emerging Adulthood, Youth and Work. During her PhD, she investigated the emerging adulthood in Brazil in individuals from low and high socioeconomic statuses (SESs), using quantitative and qualitative methods. She considers it important to investigate not just differences between countries, but also within countries. She found that low SES individuals in Brazil assume traditional adult roles earlier and are less likely to live a period of prolonged identity explorations, which is different from their high SES counterparts. This result was in consonance with other studies in Latin America. However, the qualitative study indicated a different trend in low SES individuals: although they would assume adult roles earlier, they would live a period of identity exploration after their mid-twenties, when they constructed a financial and structured base to live their lives. This result was surprising and definitely requires more investigations to clarify it.

Currently, her post-doc research is focused on studying risk and protective factors during the transition to adulthood. The study goal is to investigate associations between potential protective and risk factors, and outcomes of healthy and unhealthy youth development in an integrative model. She is working on this paper and soon will be able to share her results with everyone.

Why is it important to study the transition to adulthood in Latin America?

There is still a scarcity of studies on adolescents and young adults in the perspective of EA Latin America. Carrying out these investigations should be of prime importance because adolescents and young adults in Latin America represent a significant part of the population, and are often the target of public policy that intends to improve their social and professional insertion. Moreover, we found a great diversity of transitions to adulthood between and within countries, and it is important to consider these differences in order to understand the complexity of the process of entering into adulthood in Latin Americans, considering the individuals’ developmental process vary in function of the context.

What are our activities? How and when we are going to do it?

We propose to start the following activities, to happen between December/2015 and March/2016:








1.     Introducing ourselves

Members should briefly introduce themselves through a paragraph. We would like to know where you work and which topics you have been investigating, and how you can contribute to our TN on Latin America


2.     Activate our TN on Latin America Blog with the participation of our members


Each month, one or a group of our members write a post to add in our Blog. The first post (January 2015) will be written by Alicia Facio and Luciana Dutra-Thomé. Who would like to write the next one?

IMPORTANT: the post is a text with the minimum of 300 words. You can talk about your own research, comment a new/film/documentary with themes related to emerging adulthood, announce the coming up of conferences, meetings etc.







Dec/2014 – Oct/2015

3.     Exchange knowledge and information

Members are invited to place documents and then inform other members of the contents. For example, an important new article on the topic, or a manuscript that a member would like to invite comments on before submitting to a journal. We may activate a Dropbox File to do that


4.     Symposia proposals


We highly recommend that we develop symposia proposals for the next EA conference. As we know, investigations on emerging adulthood are still scarce/or not well widespread in Latin America, and we have an important contribution to do to the field. Submissions open on January 15, and the deadline is March 1.





Jan/2015 – Mar/2015

5.     Pre-conference Meeting


We can also hold a pre-conference meeting for our TN at the next EA conference (October, 2015, in Miami). It would be a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and work together beyond the virtual world.




 Jan/2015 – Apr/2015

Let's start? 

Starting by our activity number 1, it will be great to have further information about all the members. You can take as reference the short CV Alicia and I have posted.

We cannot wait to start exchanging knowledge and information with everyone! Your suggestions and comments are very welcome. 

See you soon!!


  • January 14, 2015 10:30 PM | Martha Roblyer
    Hi, I am glad we have a a topic network focused on Latin America! I am based in the United States, but have cross-sectional data on emergent adults in Colombia (psychosocial well-being, substance use, and risky sexual behaviors) collected this year. I would be interested in collaborating in a symposium for the upcoming SSEA.
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