I am a researcher and psychotherapist with a passion for studying the interplay between individual and interpersonal processes in families. Thus child development and family relations are my specialisms.
I was born in Italy, where I also trained. I obtained a PhD and a four-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Psychology at the University of Parma. I also obtained a license to practice as a Family Psychotherapist.
In my PhD dissertation I used developmental/social psychology and system theories to study adolescent development and family relations, and specifically how children’s individual changes trigger family system reorganisations and adjustment.
My interest in child development and interpersonal relations and communication started during my MSc in Psychology: I was involved in a group of social psychologists working on family diversity, prejudice, and gender issues, coordinated by professor Laura Fruggeri. The group shared a social constructionist approach to investigate psychosocial and developmental processes in children, families, and communities, an approach which I found intriguing.
In 2004, I took a post-graduate internship in the University of New Hampshire, in the Department of Communication, where I studied social constructionism, working with professor Sheila McNamee. In 2009 and 2013 respectively, I spent visiting periods at the Department of Anthropology, at the University of California, Los Angeles, where I collaborated with professor Elinor Ochs, and at the Graduate School of Education and Institute of Human Development, where I worked with professor Laura Sterponi.
My psychological background has thus been widely influenced by other disciplines. Thanks to the above mentioned experiences, I have come to believe that a transdisciplinary approachis fundamental for gaining a deeper understanding of child development and familyprocesses.
Alongside my academic research I have worked as a consultant for health care, educational, and social services. The expertise I have developed through clinical practice complements my research curiosity and practical concern for children’s and families’ wellbeing.
In 2015 I have obtained a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship (see current projects), which has allowed me to develop a new line of transdisciplinary research (developmental/social psychology and media and communication) on the role of digital media in children’s development and family communication.
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Adolescent development, parenting, family functioning, mixed-methods approach
My research focuses on child development and interactive and communicative processes occurring in families, and on how these processes are constructed, maintained and transformed during child development, especially in adolescence (Molinari, Everri and Fruggeri, 2010).
As a social psychologist, I am interested in interpersonal communication and interaction. Collaboration with linguistically oriented developmental psychologists and anthropologists (Luisa Molinari, Laura Sterponi, and Elinor Ochs) has inspired my increasing interest in the role of language and culture in interaction and improved my ethnographic skills. My interdisciplinary background has thus enabled me to explore with much insight the interplay between individual, interpersonal and cultural processes. In my investigations, I have mainly employed the qualitative methods of video-ethnography, and observational and discourse analytic methodologies (Everri, 2011; Everri, Molinari, and Fruggeri, 2014; Everri and Fruggeri, 2014); however, recently, I have carried out research studies employing quantitative instruments (e.g. Everri, Mancini and Fruggeri, in press; Everri, Mancini and Fruggeri, 2016; 2015).
Family diversity and discrimination, practitioners’ prejudices
My scholarship on child development and family processes is also informed by a commitment to understanding family diversity (e.g., same-sex families, stepfamilies, immigrant families) and discrimination, and the relation between contemporary families and social agencies (health care, educational and social services). I have carried out research projects through collaboration with Italian Health Care Agencies. My interest in family diversity and discrimination started with a study of single mother dynamics and perceived stereotyping (Fruggeri and Everri, 2005), which was followed by studies on gender and racial discrimination in interpersonal and inter-group contexts (Caricati and Everri, 2009; Foa, Everri, and Davolo, 2009). Following these studies, I sought to develop an understanding of the interplay between family dynamics, disability and professionals’ stereotypes and prejudices (Everri, Franchomme, and Gandini, 2011). In a paper co-authored with Laura Fruggeri and Elena Venturelli (2014), I documented how the prejudicial models of clinical practitioners toward same-sex families perpetuate subconsciously these professionals’ practices, leading to stigma and exclusion. In response, I have proposed a novel model to prevent discriminatory practices in organizations. I have recently edited a book on these issues (Everri, in press).
Child development, digital media, family communication, digital ethnography
The project on which I am currently working represents an expansion of my interest in interpersonal relations and communication processes in contemporary society: entitled ‘Adolescents, Parents, and Digital Media: Looking for the pattern that dis/connects’, it is funded by the Marie Curie Fellowship programme of the European Commission. I am using a transdisciplinary framework of social/developmental psychology and media and communications to understand the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on adolescents’ development and family communication. I am developing a new methodological protocol based on a mix of classic methods (informed by family systems theories) with innovative methods (Subjective Evidence Based Ethnography) based on First Person Perspective and Digital Ethnography developed by Professor Saadi Lahlou, the supervisor of this project. Professor Sonia Livingstone of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE also co-supervise this project.
Everri, M. The Subjective Evidence Based Ethnography (SEBE) for the study of parents-children-ICTs interactions. Journal of Research on Adolescence
Everri, M. How can I get rid of my smartphone?’ The controversial practices of Italian adolescents and their parents over the use of digital devices. Family Process.
Everri, M., Mancini, T., & Fruggeri, L. (in press). Disentangling the dimensions of parental monitoring: The role of family communication in achieving parental knowledge. Psicologia Sociale Full text
Everri, M., Mancini, T., & Fruggeri, L. (2016). The role of Rigidity in adaptive and maladaptive families assessed by FACES IV: The points of view of adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies Full text
Everri, M., Mancini, T., & Fruggeri, L. (2015). Family functioning, parental monitoring and adolescent familiar responsibility in middle and late adolescence. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24,3058-3066 doi: 10.1007/s10826-014-0109-z.. Full text
Everri, M. (2014). Linking micro and macro-transitions: A case study on systemic family processes during adolescents’ transition to high school. Journal of Family Studies, 20, 257-272. doi: 10.1080/13229400.2014.11082010. Full text
Everri, M., Fruggeri, L., & Venturelli, E. (2014). The power of group discussion: Enhancing reflexivity in professionals’ practice when dealing with family diversity. Systemic Practice and Action Research. doi: 10.1007/s11213-014-9332-1. Full text
Everri, M. & Fruggeri, L. (2014). The individual-system relationship: methodological cues from the stance-taking process analysis. Journal of Family Therapy, 36, 219–236. doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12025. Full text
Everri, M., Fruggeri, L., & Molinari, L. (2014). Microtransitions and the dynamics of family functioning. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 48, 61-78. doi: 10.1007/s12124-013-9248-9. Full text
Molinari, L. & Everri, M. (2012). Family problem-solving: how do families with adolescents make decisions? International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 4, 426-441. Full text
Everri, M.,Franchomme, L., & Gandini, R. (2011). Families and disability: Being resilient together. An exploratory research on the reciprocal representations of families and educators (special issue written in English language). Rivista di Studi Familiari (Journal of Family Studies) (http://journals.padovauniversitypress.it/ijfs/),2, 73-89. Full text
Molinari, L., Everri, M., & Fruggeri, L., (2010). Family micro-transitions: observing the process of change in families with adolescent children. Family Process, 49, 236-250. doi: 10.1007/s12124-013-9248-9. Full text
Molinari, L. & Everri, M. (2013). Le voci degli adolescenti nelle conversazioni familiari. (The adolescents’ voices in family conversations), Minori e Giustizia (Minors and Justice), 3, 18-26. Full text
Everri, M. (2011). Le microtransizioni nelle famiglie con figli adolescenti. Un gioco di equilibri. Nucleo monotematico: Uno sguardo triadico alla video-analisi dei processi interattivi. Teorie, metodi e linee di ricerca (Microtransitions in families with adolescents. A balance game. Special issue: A triadic perspective on the video-analysis of interactive processes. Theories, methods, and research lines). Giornale di Psicologia dello Sviluppo (Journal of Developmental Psychology), 99, 91-99. Ful text
Balestra, F., Everri, M., & Venturelli, E. (2011). L’interazione tra video e testo: trascrizione triadica e a doppio registro. Nucleo monotematico: Uno sguardo triadico alla video-analisi dei processi interattivi. Teorie, metodi e linee di ricerca (The interaction between video and text: triadic and double register transcription. Special issue: A triadic perspective on the video-analysis of interactive processes. Theories, methods, and research lines). Giornale di Psicologia dello Sviluppo (Journal of Developmental Psychology), 99, 75-81. Full text
Fruggeri, L., Molinari, L., & Everri, M. (2011). La negoziazione del potere nelle conversazioni tra genitori e figli (The negotiation of power in the conversations between parents and children). Giornale di Psicologia dello Sviluppo (Journal of Developmental Psychology), 98, 41-56. Full text
Everri, M. & Molinari, L. (2010). Analisi di un problem-solving familiare: una ricerca su famiglie con figli adolescenti (Analysis of a family problem-solving: A research with families having adolescent children). Rivista di Studi Familiari (Journal of Family Studies) (http://journals.padovauniversitypress.it/ijfs/), 1, 148-163. Full text
Molinari, L., Monacelli, N., Everri, M., & Fruggeri, L. (2010). Coordinazioni e oscillazioni nei processi di microtransizioni familiari (Coordinations and Oscillations in family microtransitions processes). Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo (Developmental Clinical Psychology), 1, 101-124. Full text
Foà C., Everri M., Davolo A., Mancini T. (2010). I centri di aggregazione giovanile (cag) come spazi interculturali? Un confronto fra le rappresentazioni sociali di educatori e ragazzi (Are the youth aggregation centres (yac) intercultural spaces? A confrontation between the social representations of educators and youngsters). Rassegna di Psicologia (Psychological Review), 2, 35-72. doi:10.7379/70594. Full text
Everri, M., & Sterponi, L. (forthcoming).Co-constructing the adolescent’s identity: Agency and autonomy as interactional accomplishments. Proceedings of the REID Conference “Revisiting Identity: Embodied communication across time and space”. Örebro University, Sweden, October 22-24, 2013. Springer. Full text
Caricati, L., & Everri, M. (2009). Does National Equality Promote a Positive Attitude Toward Female Productive Work? A Cross-cultural Examination. In J. H. Urlich & B.T. Cosell, Handbook on Gender Roles: Conflicts, Attitudes and Behaviors (pp. 147-168). Nova Publisher, Hauppauge: NY. Full text
Everri, M., Alfieri, E., & Molinari, L. (2009). Osservare le microtransizioni familiari in adolescenza. In L. Fruggeri (a cura di), Metodi osservativi per le famiglie (pp. 95-138). (Observing family microtransitions in adolescence. In L. Fruggeri (Ed.), Observational methods for studying families). Carocci, Roma. Full text
Fruggeri L., Everri M. (2005). La genitorialità in assenza della coniugalità. In L. Fruggeri (a cura di), Diverse normalità. Psicologia sociale delle relazioni familiari (pp. 71-105). (Parenting without conjugality. In L. Fruggeri (Ed.), Diverse normalities. Social psychology of family relations). Carocci, Roma. Full text
Everri, M. (in press). Gentitori come gli altri e tra gli altri. Essere genitori omosessuali in Italia (Parents like others and among others. Being same-sex parents in Italy). Mimesis Edizioni, Milano. Full text
Balestra, F., Everri, M., Fruggeri, L. (2016). La Casa della Salute di Parma Centro: una ricerca multimetodo (The Health Care Centre of Parma central municipality: a multimethod research study)
Everri, M., (2014). Adolescenti & Famiglie: una ricerca nelle scuole superiori (Adolescents & families: a research study in Secondary Schools)
Everri, M., Venturelli, E., Fruggeri, L. (2011). Singolare-plurale: Comunita’, Scuole, Famiglie. Il punto di vista degli operatori dei servizi sociali e sanitari (Singular-plural: Community, Schools, and families: the points of view of social and health care professionals)
Everri, M., Foa’, C., Davolo, A. (2009). I giovani migranti dei Centri di Aggregazione Giovanile (CAG) della provincia di Modena (The migrant youths in the Youth Aggregation Centres of Modena province)
Everri, M., Gatto, A., Nicoli, A., Terruli, I. (2008). Il fenomeno della violenza sommersa, una ricerca svolta nel pronto soccordo di Parma (The ‘hidden’ violence: a research study carried out in the Emergency Unit of Parma Hospital)
Research field: Adolescents, parents, and new media
The launch of AdoDigitFamX project and the details of the fieldwork I have carried out in Italy have been disseminated also through Italian newspapers. The following articles concern the launch of the project in two Italian secondary schools located in Emilia-Romagna, a region in North-western Italy: One school, named Liceo A. Bertolucci is in the city of Parma, the other, named Liceo G.M. Colombini, is in the city of Piacenza.
The web’s mysteries explained to the parents of adolescent children (I misteri della rete spiegati ai genitori di figli adolescenti”), La Gazzetta di Parma (Italian newspaper), 2nd February. 2016 (Read more)
This article focuses on the Secondary School A. Bertolucci: this is a ground-breaking school with curricula on music, sport, science and technology. Learning technologies are particularly valued, and teachers support the use of digital devices during their lessons. To present AdoDigitFamX project and recruit the participants I organised a meeting in this school. All parents having children in the age range 12-16 years were invited.
The Big Brother’s eye on parents, children and smartphones (L’occhio del Grande Fratello su genitori, figli e smartphones”), Libertà (Italian newspaper), 22nd February, 2016
This article refers to the participation of the G.M. Colombini secondary school’s students in AdoDigitFamX project. G.M. Colombini is a school with curricula on social sciences: psychology, education, social work, and economy. Both students and their families were very committed to the project: the students of the pilot study (showed in the pictures) became real co-researchers: they helped me and my research team to refine the research protocol. In this article they tell their experience.
Using dialect on Facebook is like meeting at your usual ‘spot’ (Parlare in dialetto su Facebook e’ come trovarsi al muretto), Libertà (Italian newspaper), Libertà(Italian newspaper), 5th May, 2015
This is a quick reflection on the meaning of sharing Facebook comments using Italian language dialects. I claim that Facebook is a virtual place where off-line activities are replicated and expanded. Dialects, which are still used in many Italian regions, allow people to strengthen the sense of belonging to specific social groups; consistently using dialects on Facebook reaffirms a sense of belonging also to specific virtual social groups.
Research field: Parenting in discriminatory sociocultural contexts
Alongside my research on media and family communication, I have developed an interest for the study ofparenting practices in highly discriminatory sociocultural contexts: this is the case of same-sex families in Italy. I edited a book entitled ‘Parents like others and among others: Being same-sex parents in Italy (Genitori come gli altri e tra gli altri: Essere genitori omosessuali in Italia) that has been issued this year.
Rainbow families: Dealing with everyday life challenges and concerns (Famiglie arcobaleno tra quotidianita’ e paure), La Gazzetta di Parma (Italian newspaper), 17th July, 2016
This article introduces my book on same-sex families in Italy and illustrates the research I have carried with my research team at the University of Parma, Italy. The results of our research studies, involving 505 professionals of different Italian organizations (health care, social work and education) have shown that the level of prejudice against same sex-families is still very high, especially among health care professionals.
The Family is ‘cultural’ (La famiglia e’ “culturale’) Il Domenicale (Weekly magazine), 6th March, 2016 (Read more)
This article is about family diversity in Italy. A list of recent publications on this field is reported. My book about Italian same-sex families is also mentioned.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship on child development, families and new media (2015-17)
‘Adolescents, Parents and Digital Media: Looking for the pattern that dis/connects’ (AdoDigitFamX)
This project will use a trans-disciplinary framework and innovative methods to address existing gaps in research into the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), child development and family communication. A recent European report commenting upon research in the field noted a prevalence of studies based on quantitative methods, and a neglect of focus on mobile, convergent and emerging technologies. It also identified a persistent focus on risks and harm rather than opportunities and benefits and the lack of information on the role of adults, safety mediation and their effectiveness. This project fills these gaps using a trans-disciplinary framework of social/developmental psychology and media and communications and two innovative methods: First Person Perspective (FPP) and Digital Ethnography (DE).
Specifically, this study aims at:
(1) capturing the actual practices of adolescents with ICTs;
(2) understanding how ICTs, family communication and parenting mutually shape each other;
(3) exploring the opportunities and risks of ICTs for family and child development and parents’ role as safety mediators. A minimum of ten families with at least one adolescent child (aged 13-16) will be recruited through Italian secondary schools to participate in the research which will involve data gathering via micro cameras (subcams) and video-interviews.
The use of innovative methods will provide new knowledge on: parents/adolescents’ individual and interpersonal practices in relation to ICTs; the goals, motives, representations and emotions underlying them and ICTs mediation processes in everyday family life. The implications of ICTs use for families and children’s health will also be considered.
Meetings, Seminars, and Conferences
In 2016 I have chaired a symposium at the ISCAR International Society of Cultural-historical Activity Research, 7th Nordic Conference, Helsingør, Denmark, 16th - 18th June. The title of the symposium was: The ‘hybrid’ triangle: Methodological perspectives for the study of child-adult-digital media interaction.
My contribution was aimed at presenting the Subjective Evidence-Bases Ethnography (SEBE) I employed in my fieldwork with Italian adolescents and their families: The Subjective-Evidence-Based Ethnography for studying ICTs-parent-adolescent everyday interactions Read more