Miguel Freitas

Social Development Team

Miguel Freitas holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. Peer relations during youth are a well-established context for socioemotional development. During is PhD, his work focused on adolescents lacking close, dyadic friendships within the peer group and display anxious, shy behaviors when interacting with peers and withdraw from the social scene. Using a longitudinal design and sophisticated statistical techniques (growth curve modeling), our study was one of the first that revealed distinct developmental trajectories of withdrawn youth, with significant heterogeneity in psychosocial adjustment (loneliness, depressive symptoms, peer adversity).
Recently, he has explored how different social experiences – e.g., having friends, friendship quality, being prosocial or, on the other hand, suffering peer exclusion and bullying – might combine to buffer or to exacerbate the impact of anxious withdrawal, contributing to maladaptive or more well-adjusted developmental pathways.

Main 5 publications

Freitas, M., Santos, A. J., Ribeiro, O., Pimenta, M, Rubin, K., (2018) Qualidade da amizade na adolescência e funcionamento social no grupo de pares. Análise Psicológica, 36, 219-234. doi: 10.14417/ap.1551
Daniel, J.R., Silva, R., Santos, A. J., Cardoso, J., Coelho, L., Freitas, M., Ribeiro, O. (2017) Perception accuracy of affiliative relationships in elementary school children and young adolescents. Frontiers in Psychology: Section Developmental Psychology, 8, 1936. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01936
Torres, N., Freitas, M., Monteiro, L., Antunes, M., & Santos, A. J. (2014). Interação social lúdica no pré-escolar: Análise confirmatória da versão portuguesa da Penn Interactive Peer Play Scale (PIPPS) para educadores. Revista do Laboratório de Psicologia, 12, 57-65. doi: 10.14417/lp.801
Correia, J., Santos, A. J., Freitas, M., Rosado, A., & Rubin, K. (2014). Análise fatorial confirmatória do Extended Class Play numa amostra portuguesa de jovens adolescentes. Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica, 27, 462-471. doi:10.1590/1678-7153.201427306
Freitas, M., Santos, A. J., Correia, J. V., Ribeiro, O., & Fernandes, E. (2013). Análise fatorial confirmatória do modelo do Questionário da Qualidade da Amizade numa amostra de jovens adolescentes Portuguesa. Laboratório de Psicologia, 11, 163-175. doi:10.14417/lp.11.2.655