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MARTINS, Karla Patrícia Holanda; MATOS, Tereza Gláucia Rocha  e  MACIEL, Regina Heloisa Mattei de Oliveira. Formação em psicologia e as novas demandas sociais: relato dos egressos da Universidade de Fortaleza. Rev. Mal-Estar Subj. [online]. 2009, vol.9, n.3, pp. 1023-1042. ISSN 1518-6148.

The present article aims to discuss the professional training in psychology, taking as a reference the opinions and professional life of students recently graduated from the Universidade de Fortaleza - UNIFOR (University of Fortaleza), belonging to Fundação Edson Queiroz (a nonprofit foundation), in order to investigate if the training meets the social local demands. A survey was carried out by means of questionnaires sent to all students graduated between 2001 and 2005: a total of 436 professionals. Of the 60 psychologists who answered the survey, corresponding to 13% of the total population of students graduated in the period, 81,7% work as psychologists whereas 18,3% work in activities not related to psychology or are currently unemployed. The areas in which these professionals work are divided in organizational and work psychology (35,8%); clinic (30,6%); social psychology/health/community (20%) and school psychology (12%). Many professionals work in two or even three distinct areas in different locations or in two activities in the same institution. From the collected data, one can observe the variety of professional activities carried out by psychologists in the region, specially related to the fields of health and social assistance, focusing the suffering of the population groups attended. This leads to a debate about the training of the psychology professionals that now faces the new social demands of the last decades. The results can contribute to the curricular restructuring of the graduation in psychology, since they enabled an evaluation of the academic evolution of psychologists as well as the new social demands imposed to the professionals, opening up new guidelines for the planning of opportunities concerning systematic and continuous education.

Palavras-chave : graduation; psychology; newly graduated student; profession; social demands.

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