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Psicologia Clínica

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SANTOS, Natasha Silva; SEIDL-DE-MOURA, Maria Lucia; VICTOR, Tânia Abreu da Silva  and  RAMOS, Dandara de Oliveira. Development paths and milestones in Rio de Janeiro youngsters. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2016, vol.28, n.3, pp. 135-152. ISSN 0103-5665.

The transition to adulthood is a developmental stage differently characterized depending on context and time. In industrialized contexts, becoming an adult is marked by the appreciation of education and professional expertise, while in traditional contexts, getting married and starting a family are appreciated instead. The study aimed to investigate the relation between these markers of entry into adulthood and their relation to the participants’ development paths and education levels. Forty youngsters raised in the State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ), aged between 18 and 25 years old, of high and low levels of education, took part in this study. The results showed that the difference in education levels does not interfere in the choice of markers in this sample. There were associations between the choice of markers and development paths. Although there was no influence of education in contexts where there is appreciation of autonomy, there is a tendency for individualistic markers’ choices, while where there is appreciation of interdependence, there is a tendency for relational markers’ choices. Despite limitations, such as small number of participants, it is believed that there was a contribution to the literature, as nowadays there are few studies that include Young Brazilians as participants.

Keywords : development paths; milestones; youngsters.

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