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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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IEBRA AIZPURUA, Romina; JABLONSKI, Bernardo  y  FERES-CARNEIRO, Terezinha. Brazilian and argentinean families: between tradition and modernity. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2007, vol.41, n.2, pp.189-196. ISSN 0034-9690.

The traditional family model - in its nuclear form: mother, father and children - has gone through innumerable alterations during the last decades. The main transformations of this model occurred in Latin America during the 80´s and 90´s. This occurred with the remarkable insertion of women into the labor market and into new educational contexts, echoing the repeated economic crises and the innovative contemporaneous legal and ideological parameters. The present work intends to analyze the main changes in the family structure of the last two decades in two of the biggest urban centers of Brazil and Argentina, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. This study is based on bibliographical research using data from the most recent literature and from the last Demographic Census in both countries (Indec - Argentina, IBGE, Brazil). In this way, we seek to identify similarities and differences in the trajectories of family life and intimacy in those two countries during the 80's and 90's, outlining the impact of women's intense participation in the labor force and educational contexts as one of the major reasons for contemporary changes. Despite the evidence that the nuclear model is still the most idealized and prevalent family type, alternative forms of intimacy have been increasing in significant ways in both countries.

Palabras clave : Family; Traditional model; Intimacy; Marriage; Brazil; Argentina; Alternative family models.

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