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Temas em Psicologia

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FERNANDES, Janaína da Silva Gonçalves  and  ANDRADE, Márcia Siqueira de. The structure and mute zone of social representations made by members of the municipal council for the rights of the elderly. Temas psicol. [online]. 2019, vol.27, n.4, pp. 1007-1020. ISSN 1413-389X.

The Municipal Council of the Elderly is the body established by law to watch over the rights of the elderly and it is up to them to submit, opine, discuss, debate and decide, by vote, issues related to the rights of the elderly. The objective of this research is to identify and analyze how the social representations of counselors about the elderly municipal council are organized and the possible elements that make up the mute zone. A total of 72 counselors participated in the survey, who answered a sociodemographic questionnaire and a hierarchical free speech evocation test in situations of normal collection and substitution, based on the inductive term "municipal council of the elderly". The data were analyzed by the Prototypic Analysis and the Centrality Index of Social Representations from Evocations. The results showed that although the council is normatively represented as a body for the defense and guarantee of the rights of the elderly, elements of the mute zone in the central nucleus point it, against normatively, as an inefficient, unknown body of denunciation, which needs better planning and reorganization. It was considered that all social representation is masked, requiring further research on the subject.

Keywords : Public policies; social representation; old age.

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