Books and Journals
Using early childhood research to inform and influence public policy: An example from Brazil
RIZZINI, Irene; BUSH, Malcolm. Using early childhood research to inform and influence public policy: An example from Brazil. Sage publications. In: Early Childhood Research. Editors: Ann Farrell, Sharon L. Kagan, Kay M. Tisdal, 2015.
This handbook provides a comprehensive, wide-ranging and global overview of the intersection of research with practice and policy in early childhood development. Irene Rizzini e Malcolm Bush, from CIESPI/PUC-Rio are among the authors with the paper: Using early childhood research to inform and influence public policy: an example from Brazil (chapter 25, p. 419-431).
Citizens in the Present: Youth Civic Engagement in the Americas
TORRES, Maria de Los Angeles; RIZZINI, Irene e DEL RIO, Norma. Citizens in the Present: Youth Civic Engagement in the Americas. University of Illinois Press: Chicago, 2013.
Although media coverage often portrays young people in urban areas as politically apathetic or disruptive, this book provides an antidote to such views through narratives of dedicated youth civic engagement and leadership in Chicago, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro. This innovative comparative study provides nuanced accounts of the personal experiences of young people who care deeply about their communities and are actively engaged in a variety of public issues. Examining the role--or absence--of youth in contemporary public and political discourse, the authors investigate what motivates young people in these cities, which forces influence them, and what their actions reveal about democratic practices in cities in the Americas today. Drawing from extensive interviews and personal narratives from the young activists themselves, Citizens in the Present provides a vibrant portrait of a new, politically involved generation.
Family care and mental illness: the role of families in caring for their children and adolescents
RIZZINI, Irene, LEITE, Aline Deus da Silva, MENEZES, Cristiane Diniz de. Cuidado Familiar e saúde mental: a atenção das famílias a seus filhos na infância e na adolescência. Rio de Janeiro, Editora PUC Rio/Editora Reflexão: 2013.
There are many remaining challenges to be met for children and adolescents with mental disabilities and for the families that look after them. While there are legal guarantees for providing help there is little implementation of those guarantees. The lack of public knowledge about the reality of the children's lives means that they are invisible and on the margins of society. This study begins to describe the suffering many families experience on a daily basis in their search for adequate care and treatment for their young people.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
NAYAR, Usha (editor - Tatta Institute, Mumbay, India). Child and adolescent mental health. London: Sage Publications, 2012.
Title: RIZZINI, Irene e ALMEIDA, Neli C. A. From institutionalization to family settings: Rethinking practices for children and youth with mental disabilities in Brazil (pp. 187-203).
This book creates an opportunity for experts to use interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives, and provides evidence-based knowledge to deal with the stresses of children and adolescents living in poverty, difficult socioeconomic conditions, and varied cultures. It also indicates that shared understandings can promote useful and well-reasoned programs in similar contexts in different countries wherever children and adolescents are growing up in complex and risky environments.
The contributors who represent several disciplines apply their knowledge to the development of children in contemporary society. They highlight the conversations that schools, families, communities, individuals, and nation-states need to have and, most importantly, the responsibility for everyone to develop an understanding of the mental-health needs of the new generation. (descriptive text: SAGE Publications)
Closing the gap between rights and realities for children and youth in urban Brazil
BUSH, Malcolm e RIZZINI, Irene. Closing the gap between rights and realities for children and youth in urban Brazil: reflections on a Brazilian project to improve policies for street children. Rio de Janeiro: CIESPI/ PUC-Rio; Geneva: OAK Foundation, 2011. 86p.
Life on the streets
RIZZINI, Irene; BUTLER, Udi and STOECKLIN, Daniel (edits.). Life on the streets. Children and adolescents on the streets: inevitable trajectories? Sweden: IDE, 2007. 207p.
Researching Support for Families
RIZZINI, Irene and CASSANIGA, Neide (orgs.).Researching Support for Families. An example from a low-income community in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro: CIESPI/PUC-Rio; A 4 Mãos Comunicação e Design, 2007. 72p.
From communities at risk to communities with potential
From communities at risk to communities with potential. Strengthening community-based supports for children and youth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Reflections and learnings. Rio de Janeiro: PROMUNDO Institute and CIESPI/PUC-Rio, 2006.
What works in supporting children and youth
RIZZINI, Irene (et al). What works in supporting children and youth who live in low income communities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro: CIESPI/PUC-Rio, 2006. 56p.
Children in Brazil today
RIZZINI, Irene (edit.). Children in Brazil today: a challenge for the third millennium. Rio de Janeiro: USU Editora Universitária, 1994. 256p.