7th National Report on the Condition of Childhood and Adolescence (2006)

The 7th National Report on the Condition of Childhood and Adolescence offers, once again, a complex and varied picture of the situation of minors in Italy. Moreover, it is a tool for understanding the main changes, trends, potentials and risks that characterise the developmental age in our Country, also in the light of the demands coming from the international scene.
The data in this edition of the Report show not only that the adult world and the institutions do not sufficiently know children and adolescents , but also that society’s responses to their distress are inadequate and that prevention in our country is still limited. Alongside the problems of abuse, sexual and labour exploitation, deviance and poverty, we have seen the rise of new forms (and sources) of discomfort and suffering in recent years: disappearance and abduction, the small and large-scale difficulties of integrating foreign minors, the risks of the Internet and new technologies, including mental health. For this reason, significant importance has been attributed to safety and health, in both Italian and foreign children.
The survey was carried out on 2,516 young people (1,242 adolescents in the 12-19 age group and 1,274 children in the 7-11 age group), and suggests that children and teenagers are increasingly spending time in places where they can be active. In other words, they are immersing themselves in the exploration of the new information and communication technologies, while at the same time moving away from politics.



Virtual reality actors, far from politics

by Ernesto Caffo, President of SoS Il Telefono Azzurro Onlus and Gian Maria Fara, President of Eurispes


Chapter 1 – Abuse, exploitation and violated rights

  1. Epidemiology and monitoring of sexual abuse in Italy, France and England
  2. When the victim of abuse is a foreign child or teenager
  3. Assessment of parenting skills
  4. Not only reporting: the teacher and the school institution in the prevention of child distress
  5. Boys without school. Minors and early school leaving
  6. Outside the world
  7. Child labour
  8. Law 38: what perspectives and what possibilities


Chapter 2 – Deviance, emergency and hardship

  1. The first three years of the 114 Emergency Childhood Service
  2. Emergency and relief to the population: the role of Civil Protection in supporting children and adolescents in international emergencies
  3. Intra-familiar violence and psychopathological outcomes in children
  4. Children and leisure time
  5. The second generation: young foreigners protagonists of new identities
  6. Child exploitation and trafficking
  7. When a child is missing: prevention and safety education
  8. Minors offenders


Chapter 3 – Health

  1. Bioethics of birth assistance. Humanisation of birth, the pivotal point of commitment to the youngest
  2. Children and adolescents in disaster situations: are mental health interventions effective?
  3. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in early childhood
  4. Genetics of developmental mental disorders
  5. The risks of the Net: relationship between Internet and psychopathology
  6. Postpartum depression: causes of the disorder, consequences on the mother-child relationship, prevention
  7. Trauma and mourning in children: the case of Beslan
  8. New drugs and their use with young patients


Chapter 4 – Family

  1. New families: single parents and same-sex couples
  2. Reconstituted families and new forms of ‘living arrangement
  3. Right to motherhood and work. Between form and substance in the European Year of Equal Opportunities
  4. Corporate social responsibility and the promotion of reconciliation
  5. Childcare services: Italy in the European context
  6. The Peter Pan syndrome or the fear of growing up
  7. The new law on shared custody
  8. A family for every child


Chapter 5 – Media and society

  1. Paedophilia and child pornography: descriptive aspects, links and differentiations
  2. The child surfer, his parents and his teachers: the Hot114 project
  3. Generation E-bay: the boom in online purchases
  4. Thematic television channels for children up to 2 years old
  5. Appearance: manipulating the body through art, body tuning and cosmetic surgery
  6. Young people and the growing demand for mobility: the microcar phenomenon
  7. Young people and political commitment
  8. Children and animals


Child identikit


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