Defense of the doctoral thesis of Llúcia González Safont


On Friday February the 4th, Llúcia González Safont defended her doctoral thesis “Socioeconomic factors, family environment and cognitive and behavioural development in children aged 5 to 11 years of the INMA Cohort” at the Faculty of Nursing and Chiropody of the University of Valencia. Llúcia is an early childhood education teacher, educational psychologist and master’s degree in psychology and perinatal and child psychopathology. The thesis was supervised by professors Marisa Rebagliato Ruso, from the Universitat Jaume I, and Marisa Estarlich Estarlich and Sandra Simó Teufel, from the Universitat de València, who work in the faculties of Health Sciences, Nursing and Chiropody and Psychology, respectively. The thesis has obtained the qualification of Excellent Cum Laude.

The examining board was made up of doctors widely recognised in the field of inequalities in child health. The president of the examining board was Dr. Luis Rajmil, senior researcher at the Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya; the secretary was Dr. Ana Esplugues Cebrián, lecturer at the Faculty of Nursing and Chiropody; and the member was Dr. Amaia Bacigalupe de la Hera, lecturer in Sociology at the University of the Basque Country.

This is a thesis by compilation of publications, with a total of three original articles: two of them in Gaceta Sanitaria (Q3) and one in European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (D1) and that included INMA-Gipuzkoa and INMA-Valencia cohorts. The first publication focuses only on the Valencia cohort, and disaggregates the impact of socio-economic factors of the mother and father on the cognitive development of their children at age five, observing that the mother’s educational level and the father’s social class had a significant effect. The second publication studied the associated factors to Risk of Poverty or Social Exclusion, showing differential patterns for each cohort.  The third work explored the direct effect of Risk of Poverty or Social Exclusion on mental health problems (internalising and externalising) when children were between 7 and 11 years old, and the mediating or moderating effect of the family environment.