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SANTOS, José Victor De Oliveira; ARAUJO, Ludgleydson Fernandes de; NEGREIROS, Fauston  and  CERQUEIRA-SANTOS, Elder. Adoption of children by homosexual couples: the social representations. Temas psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.26, n.1, pp.75-91. ISSN 1413-389X.

This study aimed to identify the social representations of adoption by homosexual couples in the Brazilian reality. Participants where 589 adults of both genders, aged between 18 and 69 years (M=27.43, SD=9.0) from diverse backgrounds. Structured interviews and sociodemographic questionnaires were used and were analyzed using the IRaMuTeQ software, which organized the social representations into classes of lexical proximity. Results showed, a Descending Hierarchical Classification, with two classes in the corpus of same-sex parent adoption and five classes in the corpus about childhood development. These mainly highlighted positive social representations, always seeking the best for the adoptee as the justification, however, unfavorable positions found reflected the fear that the child would not be able to cope with the family model. In this sense, it is believed that the social representations about adoption by homosexual couples documented in this study indicate concepts that could support social interventions that increase the civil rights of homosexual parents.

Keywords : Adoption; same-sex parenting; social representations; Brazilian adults.

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