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LOPES, Sandra Ribeiro de Almeida  and  PAULA, Sabrina Ferreira de. The importance of a father figure in the process of career choice: a comparative study among university students. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2011, vol.13, n.1, pp. 165-181. ISSN 1516-3687.

The objective of the research was to verify if the young who did not count on the fatherfs presence during his development choose some substitute figure and if his absence caused implications in his professional choice. Was applied the Drawing.Story with subject and a semi.directed interview, with twelve university students, both sexes, between 18 and 25 years. Half of the sample didnft live with the father/stepfather in childhood and/or adolescence (group 1), the half was by his presence (group 2). In both groups, were determining factors in deciding his own interest/desire, returns, and field work. Half of the group 1 choose a substitute figure, the other half, it did not occur, there was the influence of the maternal figure in career choice. There are indications that in face of father and a surrogate figure absences, the mother assumes a significant place in this scenario.

Keywords : Career choice; Adolescent; Identification; Father-child relation; Mother-child relation.

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