Application of Direct and Systematic Observation of Interaction with Mother-Adolescent Child Dyads




observation methods, qualitative research, mother-child relations, adolescents, interpersonal relationships


Abstract: The observation of parent/child interaction is an effective method for identifying, evaluating, and monitoring adolescents and families who need or are undergoing intervention. This study aims to (1) describe a method of direct and systematic observation of dyadic interaction and (2) discuss its application in research with families with adolescents in northeastern Brazil. The data collection and analysis procedures are presented, indicating their possibilities and limits based on the lessons learned from this experience. The experience of applying the method is discussed through potential advances and challenges for the field of observational research in Psychology. It is concluded that the method of direct and systematic observation of dyadic interaction is, on the one hand, expensive in terms of expertise, time, and resources, and, on the other hand, it is a rich source of data for understanding interaction patterns in multiple contexts.


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Nádia Prazeres Pinheiro-Carozzo is a Professor of the Universidade Federal do Maranhão, São Luís-MA, Brazil.

Sheila Giardini Murta is a Professor of the Universidade de Brasília, Brasília-DF, Brazil.

Adriano Silva Sampaio de Souza holds a master's degree in Clinical Psychology and Culture from the University of Brasília, Brasília-DF, Brazil.






Thematic Dossier “Methodological Challenges in Psychology: Contributions to Academic Practice and Training”

How to Cite

Pinheiro-Carozzo, N. P., & Murta, S. G. (2024). Application of Direct and Systematic Observation of Interaction with Mother-Adolescent Child Dyads. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto), 33, e3323.