Adolescence, Economic Crisis, Immigration, Adaptation, Resilience, Developmental Psychopathology

Civic Engagement, Political Participation, Active Citizenship, Youth
I study the effect of the economic crisis in Greece on immigrant and nonimmigrant youth's adaptation and well-being. Two cohorts, of over 2000 immigrant adolescents and their nonimmigrant classmates, are being compared. Participants were in the first year of middle school at wave 1 and were followed for three years through middle school. Longitudinal data on the first cohort (C1) were collected for three consecutive years before the economic crisis (2005-6-7). Longitudinal data on the second cohort (C2) were collected (2013-14-15) during a period in which the economic crisis was in full swing.

This project is part of the Athena Studies of Resilient Adaptation (AStRA) project. I collaborate in this project with Ann Masten, University of Minnesota, Jens Asendorpf, Humboldt University, Berlin, and Jelena Obradovic, Stanford University.

The project is conducted from within a risk and resilience developmental framework. I focus on risks and resources for youth's adaptation and well-being during times of economic downturn. Some of the questions that we are addressing are: Is the adaptation and/or well-being of the crisis cohort worse compared to that of the pre-crisis cohort? Which domains of adaptation are more affected? Does immigrant status differentiate the effect of the economic crisis on youth's adaptation? Which contextual processes and/or individual attributes contribute to individual differences within the crisis cohort? Do these contextual- and/or individual-level factors protect the adaptation of immigrant and nonimmigrant youth in the same way?


Currently, I am working on a project titled: "Constructing AcTive CitizensHip with European Youth: Policies, Practices, Challenges and Solutions (CATCH-EyoU)" (see catcheyou). Through the joint contribution of different disciplines (Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Media and Communications, Education) CATCH-EyoU has the aim to identify the factors, located at different levels (developmental level, individual level, proximal and societal contextual levels) influencing the different forms of youth active engagement in Europe.


The project is part of the Research and Innovation Action funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme, SC6, topic Young 5-2014. (PI: Elvira Cicognani, University of Bologna, Italy, Coordinator of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens team: Frosso Motti-Stefanidi).

Three more projects have been conducted by my graduate students, towards the fulfillment of their PhD requirements, from the perspective of developmental psychopathology:

International collaborators

Publications by my Students