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Psicologia: ciência e profissão

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CASTELLA SARRIERA, Jorge et al. Meaning of free-time for popular class adolescents. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2007, vol.27, n.4, pp.718-729. ISSN 1414-9893.

This article is a descriptive research with qualitative character about the meanings that low-class teenagers give to leisure time. 120 teenager students (male and female), between 12 and 18 years old, who live in Porto Alegre (RS - Brazil), took part in the research. The final results of the 15 focal groups identified incongruences in the beliefs and knowledge about leisure time and about the teenager´s activities, as well as in the different senses attributed to the same activities in terms of freedom and pleasure. The meanings are related to the participant´s experiences and their complexity depends on contextual contingencies, being permeated by the concepts' interconexions brought up by the teenagers. We observed differences on the perception of leisure time freedom of choice among the age groups. Leisure time may be a means of development, a productive period in which there are investments in social, cultural and personal context. There´s also a perception of leisure time as a compensation for work. The usage of leisure time has a fundamental function in the healthy development and it can only be analized and understood based on the meaning that the teenager has given to it.

Keywords : Leisure time; Adolescence; Low-class; Public school; Prevention; Risk behavior.

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