Análise de situações de menores em perigo
: estudo exploratório de processos administrativos em dois tribunais de família e menores

  • Ana Catarina Alves Almeida (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This investigation aims at a general review of all administrative procedures instituted in two Family and Juvenile Courts. To achieve this, a sample of 1465 cases related to both courts were analyzed, with the aim to achieve a characterization of the population that addresses the prosecution service for the opening of procedures , and the others that intervene in the process. Thus, this sample indicates that it is women who most require the intervention of these services (86%), mostly the dams (80,2%). Regarding the open cases, these are mostly Regulating the Exercise of Parental Responsibilities (48,4%), followed by the Failure to comply with the Exercise of Parental Responsibilities related to alimony (31%). Considering that, per case, there were often mentioned more than one minor, a new sample was developed strictly for them, with a total of 1857 children. From this, there were equally 50% of both male and female, and usually they are in the custody and care of the mother. Among the reasons that lead to the opening of these cases are financial reasons (42,8%) and relationship problems (42,3%). In the opening statements, from the same group sample, we could even found and highlight possible danger situations, which, domestic violence, lack of contact or the incapacity of contact with the children, and poor financial conditions, are the most common. Finally, it was also collected a sample of 712 opening statements from the Administrative Procedures department, which had as its purpose not only to perceive potential danger, as previously mentioned, as well as to understand the differences and similarities between the courts under study, realizing that in fact the quality and quantity of information varies from one institution to another.
Date of AwardJul 2012
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorRaquel Matos (Supervisor) & Catarina Ribeiro (Co-Supervisor)


  • Family
  • Children
  • Risk


  • Mestrado em Psicologia

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