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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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WANDERBROOCK JUNIOR, Durval  and  BOARINI, Maria Lúcia. Immigrants selection and the liga brasileira de hygiene mental (1914-1945). Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.3, pp. 520-527. ISSN 0034-9690.

The central objective of the present study is it of extricating the process of the immigrants’ selection proposed by the Brazilian League of Mental Hygiene in the period among-wars. Necessary selection, considering that while some immigrants were seen by the hygienists as beings "useless", "undesirable" and "messed up", others could accomplish an important paper in the productive process. For besides the immigrants’ selection as hand of qualified and cheap work, also the Brazilian League of Mental Hygiene was concerned in preserving the dominant order, before which the "messed up" immigrants resulted at fort he/she threatens. In this sense, the proposals of application of the psychological tests had a significant usefulness in the ideario hygienist’s mark.

Keywords : Brazilian League of Mental Hygiene; Selection of immigrants; Tests and psychological exams.

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