Rita Francisco has an Honours degree and a PhD in Psychology (specialization in Family Psychology), from the University of Lisbon. She is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences and Director of the CRC-W: Católica Research Centre for Psychological, Family and Social Wellbeing. She teaches at the undergraduate program in Psychology and in various graduate programs. She is currently coordinator of the Masters in Psychology of Wellbeing and Health Promotion. She has extensive experience supervising academic internships, masters and doctoral programs in the areas of Clinical Psychology and Family Psychology, namely at the Faculty of Psychology from University of Lisbon, where she has taught for several years. Her current research interests focus on various topics such as eating disorders, wellbeing and adjustment of adolescents in different social situations, military families, and on the impact of new technologies on family functioning. She has published in these areas in peer-reviewed journals. She has clinical experience in the contexts of individual and family therapy with adolescents and adults.

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Bidirectional Relations Between Disordered Eating, Internalization of Beauty Ideals, and Self-Esteem: A Longitudinal Study With Adolescents

Rita Francisco (with Espinoza, Paola). 2019. The Journal of Early Adolescence
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e-Famílias: O impacto das TIC na vida contemporânea de famílias com crianças

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2019. Crianças, famílias e tecnologias na sociedade de hoje. Que desafios? Que caminhos?
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Manual de Boas Práticas Literacia em Saúde - Capacitação dos Profissionais de Saúde

Rita Francisco (with Direção Geral de Saúde.). 2019. Direção-Geral da Saúde
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Os psicólogos perante o envelhecimento da população: Novos desafios na nossa profissão?

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2019. Conferência Internacional Desafios para um Envelhecimento Ativo Saudável 2018
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Perspetivas de profissionais e famílias adotivas sobre a criação de serviços de pós-adoção em Portugal

Rita Francisco (with Cunha, Bárbara Nabais). 2019. Crianças em risco e perigo: Contextos, investigação e intervenção
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Body dissatisfaction and disordered eating attitudes among adolescents from Portugal and Spain,Insatisfacción corporal y actitudes alimentarias alteradas en adolescentes de Portugal y España

Rita Francisco (with González, M.L.). 2018. Behavioral Psychology/ Psicologia Conductual
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Body dissatisfaction and disordered eating attitudes among girls and boys from Portugal and Spain

Rita Francisco (with González, Marcela L.). 2018. Psicologia Conductual
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Correction to: ICTs and Family Functioning: A Study on Portuguese Families with Adolescents and Emerging Adults (Contemporary Family Therapy, (2017), 39, 4, (281-288), 10.1007/s10591-017-9436-8)

Rita Francisco (with Carvalho, J.). 2018. Contemporary Family Therapy
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International Missions, Marital Relationships and Parenting in Military Families: An Exploratory Study

Rita Francisco (with Bóia, A.). 2018. Journal of Child and Family Studies
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Studies on body image, eating, and weight in models, dancers, and aesthetic athletes

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2018. Body image, eating, and weight: A guide to assessment, treatment, and prevention
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The predictive value of dyadic coping in the explanation of PTSD symptoms and subjective well-being of work accident victims

Rita Francisco (with Lameiras, S.). 2018. Frontiers in Psychology
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Use of Facebook in the maternal grief process: An exploratory qualitative study

Rita Francisco (with Perluxo, D.). 2018. Death Studies
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Use of Facebook in the maternal grief process: An exploratory qualitative study

Rita Francisco (with Diana Perluxo & Rita Francisco). 2018. Death Studies
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Autoavaliação da qualidade de vida familiar em cuidados paliativos pediátricos: Um estudo exploratório

Rita Francisco (with Nogueira, Alexandra). 2017. Cuidados Paliativos
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Diabetes, eating disorders and body image in young adults: an exploratory study about “diabulimia”

Rita Francisco (with Falcão, Maria Ana). 2017. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity
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Diabetes, eating disorders and body image in young adults: an exploratory study about “diabulimia”

Rita Francisco (with Falcão, M.A.). 2017. Eating and Weight Disorders
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Family Dynamics in Digital Homes: The Role Played by Parental Mediation in Young Children’s Digital Practices Around 14 European Countries

Patrícia Dias & Rita Francisco (with Brito, R.). 2017. Contemporary Family Therapy
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ICTs and Family Functioning: A Study on Portuguese Families with Adolescents and Emerging Adults

Rita Francisco (with Carvalho, J.). 2017. Contemporary Family Therapy
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ICTs and family functioning: A study with Portuguese families with adolescents and emerging adults

Rita Francisco (with Carvalho, Joana). 2017. PsihD – I Mostra de Doutoramento em Psicologia
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Impact of international missions on military youth and the importance of school comunnity' support,Impacto das missões internacionais nos jovens filhos de pais militares e a importincia do apoio da comunidade escolar

Rita Francisco (with Pinto, R.). 2017. PSICOLOGIA
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Impacto das missões internacionais nos jovens filhos de pais militares e a importância do apoio da comunidade escolar

Rita Francisco (with Rita Pinto, Rita Francisco & Renato Pessoa Dos Santos). 2017. PSICOLOGIA
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International Missions, Marital Relationships and Parenting in Military Families: An Exploratory Study

Rita Francisco (with Bóia, A.). 2017. Journal of Child and Family Studies
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Família e Psicologia: Contributos para a investigação e intervenção

Rita Francisco & Joana Carneiro Pinto (with Francisco, Rita). 2016. Universidade Católica Editora
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Family Functioning and Adolescent Psychological Maladjustment: The Mediating Role of Coping Strategies

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, R.). 2016. Child Psychiatry and Human Development
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Information and Communication Technologies and Family: Patterns of Use, Life Cycle and Family Dynamics

Rita Francisco (with Carvalho, Joana). 2016. Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy
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Reflexões sobre a família contemporânea. Estudo empírico com estudantes da Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2016. Família. Essência e Multidisciplinaridade
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Body dissatisfaction and disordered eating among Portuguese and Spanish adolescents: The role of individual characteristics and internalisation of sociocultural ideals

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, R.). 2015. Journal of Adolescence
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Body dissatisfaction in adolescent samples from Chile, México, Portugal, Morocco and Spain

Rita Francisco (with Raich, Rosa M.). 2015. 21st Annual Meeting of the Eating Disorders Research Society
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Family functioning and information and communication technologies: How do they relate? A literature review

Rita Francisco (with Carvalho, J.). 2015. Computers in Human Behavior
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How do Adolescents Benefit from Family Rituals? Links to Social Connectedness, Depression and Anxiety

Rita Francisco (with Malaquias, S.). 2015. Journal of Child and Family Studies
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Perfecionismo, perturbações emocionais e suas relações com o comportamento alimentar perturbado: Um estudo com adolescentes Portugueses

Rita Francisco (with Leonor Oliveira). 2015. PSICOLOGIA
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Put Yourself in My Shoes: Perspectives of Adolescents about What Makes an Obesity Intervention Effective

Rita Francisco (with Ana Prioste). 2015. Health
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Satisfaction with life among adolescents: Gender differences regarding the contribution of individual, social and family variables

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2015. I International Congress of Clinical and Health Psychology With Children and Adolescents
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“Entre marido e mulher, a crise mete a colher”: A relação entre pressão económica, conflito e satisfação conjugal

Rita Francisco (with Sara I. Ferreira). 2015. PSICOLOGIA
Book Chapter

A diferença de género na prática da mediação familiar

Book Chapter

A mediação familiar no âmbito do divórcio e das responsabilidades parentais

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Adolescentes internautas: Relação entre utilização da internet e das redes sociais, ambiente familiar e sintomatologia depressiva

Rita Francisco (with Martins, Daniela). 2014. III Seminário de Investigação em Psicologia da FPUL
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Avaliação do impacto de um programa de prevenção das perturbações alimentares na adolescência relativamente a variáveis individuais e socioculturais

Rita Francisco (with Jesus, Ana). 2014. Revista de Psicologia Militar
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Body image in adolescents of Chile, México, Portugal and Spain

Rita Francisco (with Raich, Rosa M.). 2014. Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Book Chapter

Conflitos e crises na relação conjugal

Book Chapter

Coparentalidade, apoio social e ajustamento dos filhos em situação de rutura conjugal

Other

Funcionamento familiar e (des)ajustamento psicossocial do adolescente: Efeito mediador das estratégias de coping

Rita Francisco (with Loios, Sara). 2014. III Seminário de Investigação em Psicologia da FPUL
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Militares portugueses em missão de paz: Funcionamento familiar, resiliência e stress

Rita Francisco (with Reis, Inês). 2014. III Seminário de Investigação em Psicologia da FPUL
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Mudanças familiares e rede social dos cônjuges de militares em missão: Um estudo exploratório

Rita Francisco (with Martins, Tânia). 2014. Revista de Psicologia Militar
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Promoção da resiliência na família dos militares “Eu, Tu & Nós”

Rita Francisco (with Santos, Renato Pessoa). 2014. 2º Congresso Nacional da Ordem dos Psicólogos
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Promoção de competências parentais: Adesão das famílias involuntárias

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Vivências de militares em missões internacionais: O impacto nas relações conjugais

Rita Francisco (with Barbudo, Margarida). 2014. Revista de Psicologia Militar
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Filho de peixe sabe… roubar: Regularidades familiares transgeracionais na população reclusa

Rita Francisco (with Carvalho, Joana). 2013. Mosaico - Journal of the Spanish Federation of Family Therapy Associations
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Individual and relational risk factors for the development of eating disorders in adolescent aesthetic athletes and general adolescents

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, R.). 2013. Eating and Weight Disorders
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Parental Influences on Elite Aesthetic Athletes' Body Image Dissatisfaction and Disordered Eating

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, R.). 2013. Journal of Child and Family Studies
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(In)Satisfação com a imagem corporal em adolescentes e adultos portugueses: Contributo para o processo de validação da Contour Drawing Rating Scale

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2012. Revista Iberoamericana de Diagnóstico e Avaliação Psicológica
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Adaptação portuguesa do programa de intervenção “Alimentación, modelo estético feminino y medios de comunicación. Cómo formar alunos críticos en educación secundaria” (Raich et al., 2008)

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2012.
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Aesthetic sports as high-risk contexts for eating disorders - Young elite dancers and gymnasts perspectives

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, R.). 2012. Spanish Journal of Psychology
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Avaliação do impacto de um programa de prevenção de perturbações alimentares na adolescência relativamente a variáveis individuais e socioculturais

Rita Francisco (with Jesus, Ana). 2012. 2º Seminário de Intervenção Psicológica com Crianças e Adolescentes
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Body image (dis)satisfaction among Portuguese adolescents and adults: Contribution to the validation process of the Contour Drawing Rating Scale,(In)satisfação com a imagem corporal em adolescentes e adultos portugueses: Contributo para o processo ...

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, R.). 2012. Revista Iberoamericana de Diagnostico y Evaluacion Psicologica
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Influência do ideal corporal sociocultural no comportamento alimentar dos adolescentes que frequentam estabelecimentos militares de ensino

Rita Francisco (with Santos, Renato Pessoa). 2012. II Seminário de Investigação em Psicologia da FPUL
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Perturbações alimentares na adolescência: O papel do perfecionismo na complexidade de interdependências

Rita Francisco (with Oliveira, Leonor). 2012. II Seminário de Investigação em Psicologia da FPUL
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Specific predictors of disordered eating among elite and non-elite gymnasts and ballet dancers

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, R.). 2012. International Journal of Sport Psychology
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Assesment of risk factors in eatine disorpers. development and validation of portoguese version or mcknigmy risk factor survey IV,Avaliação de factores de risco de desenvolvimento de perturbações alimentares: Desenvolvimento e estudos de validaç...

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, R.). 2011. Revista Iberoamericana de Diagnostico y Evaluacion Psicologica
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Assesment of risk factors in eating disorders: Development and validation of portuguese version of McKnight Risk Factor Survey IV | Avaliação de factores de risco de desenvolvimento de perturbações alimentares: Desenvolvimento e estudos de valida...

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Avaliação de factores de risco de desenvolvimento de perturbações alimentares: Desenvolvimento e estudos de validação da versão portuguesa do McKnight Risk Factor Survey IV

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2011. Revista Iberoamericana de Diagnóstico e Avaliação Psicológica
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Evaluación del impacto del ideal estético en una muestra universitaria: Análisis psicométrico del CIMEC-26 y del SATAQ-3

Rita Francisco (with Egea, G.). 2010. V Congrès de la Societat Catalano-Balear de Psicologia
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Female gymnasts and the risk for the development of disordered eating

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2009. 11th European Congress of Psychology
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Preliminary results of a qualitative study with ballet students: A high-risk group for the development of eating disorders

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2007. 10th General Meeting of the European Council of Eating Disorders
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Risk contexts for the development of eating disorders: procedure of a preliminary study with adolescent elite dancers and gymnasts from Portugal

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2007. Conference of European Chapter of Society for Psychotherapy Research
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Estudantes de dança e o desenvolvimento da Anorexia Nervosa: Que especificidades? Caracterização de uma população de alto risco

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2005. Simpósio Internacional As Doenças do Comportamento Alimentar no Séc. XXI
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“Pôr a Anorexia Nervosa a fugir...”: Estudo de caso de uma aplicação da terapia narrativa ao tratamento da Anorexia Nervosa

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2005. Comportamento Alimentar
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As Doenças do Comportamento Alimentar: Algumas informações úteis para os familiares.

Rita Francisco (with Francisco, Rita). 2004.