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ALMEIDA, Arthemis Nuamma Nunes de; CAMPOS, Caroline Cristina de Arruda; SANTOS, Luana Isabelle Cabral dos  and  PAIVA, Ilana Lemos de. Youth and violence: what the youngster from Natals urban Projovem think. Temas psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.22, n.4, pp. 853-869. ISSN 1413-389X.

The youth has acquired more space among the media, academic researches and political debates, especially because it concerns to a social group which go through several contexts of vulnerability. In order to contribute with the solutions for the adversities faced by the youngsters, the Programa Nacional de Inclusão de Jovens (Projovem) has been created and, in 2008, was implemented into four modalities "Adolescente", "Urbano", "Trabalhador" and "Campo". This research has focused on Projovem Urbano (PJU) and aimed to analyze the relation Youth-Violence from the youngsters' points of view and the contribution of PJU to this question. Eleven semi-structured interviews with the PJU youngsters and a documental analysis of the curriculum structure of the Program have been accomplished. The collected data has been analyzed through the Constant Comparative Method, based on the Grounded Theory, which seeks to understand the phenomena from the perspective of the participants. The results have revealed that the violence issue is often part of the youngsters' speeches, through examples and determinant indications, and, have shown that youngsters are agents, victims and spectators of the violence. Concerning to the contribution of PJU, the Program states on its curriculum the violence theme, although the discussions and debates do not reach all the involved participants. It's possible to conclude that PJU must advance into the investigation of its effects among the youngsters and into the definition improvement of its curriculum operationalization method by contributing to remodel the possibilities of changes and the construction of new life projects for the youth.

Keywords : Projovem urbano; youth; violence; public policy.

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