Research Unit on Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment / Groupe de recherche sur l’inadaptation psychosociale chez l’enfant (GRIP)

Mission and Objectives


The Research Unit on Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP, is a group of multidisciplinary inter‐university researchers from the Université de Montreal, Université Laval, and McGill University who contribute to the understanding of the development of adjustment problems in children and youths, and to the identification of the most effective means to prevent these problems. The GRIP is financed by the Université de Montréal, Laval University, McGill University, and by FRQSC funds.

Research Program

The Research Unit on Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP) investigates psychosocial maladjustment among children, from birth to adolescence, from a developmental perspective.

Its research program is based on three complementary themes:

  • The first encompasses studies that describe and predict maladjustment in children. The main objective of this theme is to delineate the prevalence of maladaptation in a given territory, to describe the development of these problems, and to identify risk factors as well as protective factors.
  • The second research theme is focused on factors related to family and to factors in the environment, such as peers and the school setting.
  • The third research theme focuses on studying interventions aimed at preventing adjustment problems in the young.

The GRIP research program is positioned within the overall body of research on human development conducted by researchers from disciplines as varied as anthropology, biology, criminology, demography, education, genetics, neurosciences, nutrition, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, and sociology. A conceptual model using longitudinal‐experimental studies as collaboration vectors integrates these different interdisciplinary perspectives.

Since the very first longitudinal and experimental studies, GRIP researchers have worked closely with families, school personnel and school boards. The GRIP continues to establish these important partnerships with several provincial and federal departments, with para-governmental organizations, as well as with private foundations, in order to conduct new generations of longitudinal and preventive studies and transfer new knowledge to policy makers, to those responsible for services, and to the general public.


The McGill GRIP Centre is funded by McGill University. Research conducted by GRIP-McGill members complements research projects conducted by GRIP members, particularly by contributing expertise on neurobiological factors in psychosocial maladjustment. In addition, GRIP-McGill has a particular interest in the investigation of suicide and suicidal behaviors in these population-based cohorts. Our investigations encouraged the exploration of the links between anxiety, aggression and suicide. GRIP-McGill research has been published in several high‐impact journals namely JAMA Psychiatry, JAMA Pediatrics, American Journal of Psychiatry, Molecular Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry and the British Journal of Psychiatry.

The GRIP-McGill research program continues to encourage research interaction among graduate students, postgraduate students and researchers from a variety of research institutions and across disciplines. This unique research unit facilitates networking among McGill researchers and those from the other institutions, development of new projects, obtaining of additional funds and capacity building. With the wide variety of expertise of GRIP-McGill researchers, both the scale and focus of GRIP research activities continue to broaden and to emphasize important collaborations; thus solidifying McGill University’s domestic and international research reputation.

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