• Laurence FOND-HARMANT Luxembourg Institute of Health
  • Mihaela GAVRILA-ARDELEAN PhD, ‘Aurel Vlaicu’ University of Arad


psychosocial skills, children, community health, health determinants, countries with limited resources.


This brief text focuses on the development of
social, cognitive and emotional skills of young children.
It aims to define the theoretical concept of "psychosocial
skills" defined by World Health Organization (WHO) in
1997 (WHO, 1997, 2003; Mangrulkar et al., 2001), and to
demonstrate the way it is articulated with the Ottawa
Charter to promote a global positive health, both physically
and mentally (WHO, 1986).
The goal requires the development of psychosocial
competences, which must be transmitted to the new
generation, for it to be able to cope with everyday life
situations and to build life conditions favorable for their
good physical and mental health.


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