Life satisfaction and Early Maladaptive Schemas in children in residential care


  • George Tsouvelas Department of Psychology, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Michaila Chondrokouki Private practice
  • Xenia Antoniou Private practice
  • Yiota Athanasiadou Department of Special Education, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • George Nikolaidis Institute of Child Health, Mental Health and Social Welfare, Athens, Greece


Life satisfaction, Early Maladaptive Schemas, child protection services, residential care


Life satisfaction is the degree to which a person positively evaluates the overall quality of life. The aim of the present study is to illustrate the levels of life satisfaction both in total and per domain and to investigate the relationship of EMS and EMS domains with life satisfaction in children living in residential care. Sixty six children (51,5% were girls) with mean age 12.9 ±2,4 participated in our study. Participants of our study were children and adolescents that were referred to the Day Center “The house of the Child” and lived in caring homes of “ the Smile of the Child”. The Greek version of the Brief Multidimensional Students' Life Satisfaction Scale and the Greek version of the Schema Questionnaire for Children were administered to children. Highest scores of life satisfaction were presented by satisfaction with friends and lowest by satisfaction with family contact.  Life satisfaction was inversely predicted by EMS: a) Emotional Inhibition, b) Enmeshment, c) Vulnerability to Harm and d) Abandonment and by domains of EMS: a) Disconnection/Rejection and b) Overvigilance/Inhibition. Regarding life satisfaction, it was observed negative correlation with age and no gender differences were observed for life satisfaction and EMS.  We suggest the extension of the study to broader samples including evaluations regarding psychopathology. Through the knowledge on cognitive processes and dysfunctional patterns, it is possible that the dynamic process of their consolidation will be better understood and more appropriate and developmentally oriented intervention will be created.


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