The focus of Isabel Leal’s research is the processes of adjustment of individuals, particularly in crisis situations (adolescence, maternity/paternity, menopause/andropause, aging) or those related to different traumatic situations, namely diseases. She is interested in the moderating effect of different variables and psychological interventions on results expressed through conceptions, theorizations and evaluations of quality of life, well-being and health.
Main 5 publications
Von Humboldt, S., Carneiro, F., & Leal, I. (2018). A structural model for adjustment to aging among older women in breast cancer remission. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 14, 441–459. doi:10.1007/s11482-018-9622-3
Ramos, C., Costa, P. A., Rudnicki, T., Maroco, A. L., Leal, I., Guimarães, R., Fougo, J. L., & Tedeschi, R. G. (2017). The effectiveness of a group intervention to facilitate posttraumatic growth among women with breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 27(1), 258-264. doi: doi.org/10.1002/pon.4501
Dotlic, J., Pimenta, F., Kovacevic, N., Leal, I., Maroco, J., Utian, W., & Gazibara, T. (2017). Menopausal transition in Southern Europe: Comparative study of women in Serbia and Portugal. Menopause, 24(11), 1236-1245. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000927
Santos, T., de Matos, M. G., Marques, A., Simões, C., Leal, I., & Machado, M. C. (2016). Adolescent’s subjective perceptions of chronic disease and related psychosocial factors: highlights from an outpatient context study. BMC Pediatrics, 16, 211-221. doi:10.1186/s12887-016-0748-x
Marques, M. M., de Gucht, V., Leal, I., & Maes, S. (2016). Efficacy of a randomized controlled brief physical activity self-regulation intervention for chronic fatigue: Mediation effects of physical activity progress and self-regulation skills. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 94, 24-31. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2016.12.012