Carolina Tinajero Vacas
University of Santiago de Compostela

The role of social support and self-regulated learning in adolescent adjustment.

Participants: Zeltia Martínez-López; María Emma Mayo Pais; Eva Villar García; Sonia de Sousa Monteiro Nouws.

During adolescence, important transformations take place in the individual and in his or her context, as well as in the interconnections between individual and contextual dimensions. These represent an opportunity for the individual to develop his or her potential and to approach adult status, but they also entail important risks that could negatively condition his or her development in the short, medium and long term. Depending on the acquired skills of self-regulation and socio-emotional functioning, adolescents may show difficulties in planning, orienting and monitoring their own behaviour, which would manifest themselves in the affective (e.g. coping with negative emotions), motivational (autonomous vs. controlled motivation), attentional (e.g. in controlling interference from distracting stimuli) and behavioural (e.g. impulse control and delaying gratification) domains. Under these conditions, social support, which has been shown to be one of the most valuable protective factors in the face of disturbing or adverse situations and which promotes self-determination, is of vital importance. The papers in this symposium will present the results obtained in three studies exploring the role of perceived social support and self-regulated learning in academic adjustment and a synthesis of an ongoing research project aimed at analysing the interconnections between these variables.

Carolina Tinajero Vacas is full professor in the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She has developed a continuous research activity, which has been supported by grants obtained in competitive calls. The results of these projects have been disseminated through publications in specialised journals and contributions to conferences, mostly of an international nature. He has been involved in the adaptation of several instruments for the assessment of perceived social support and adjustment to the academic environment. She participated in the foundation of the Galician Museum of Psychology and continues to support the maintenance of its collection and its visibility. She has also been actively involved in university management tasks; in particular, she has held the positions of Vice-Dean and Dean, has held the position of Head of Quality of the Faculty of Psychology and Coordinator of the Master in Educational Psychology of the USC. She is currently leading a research project on the interconnections between perceived social support, self-regulated learning and academic adjustment and success, which has been proposed for funding in the 2021 call for "Proyectos de Generación de Conocimiento", of the Plan Estatal (PID2021-126981OB-I00).



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