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SARRICA, Mauro  e  WACHELKE, Joao. Peace and war as social representations: a structural exploration with Italian adolescents. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2009, vol.9, n.2, pp. 315-330. ISSN 1657-9267.

The present paper illustrates the potentialities offered by the Social Representations approach to the exploration of peace and war concepts. Free associations tasks to the stimuli War and Peace were given to 112 students in order to assess contents and structures. Differences related to gender, age and school grade were investigated. Attention was devoted to the role of peace education activities. Results indicate a dramatic representation of war, based on death and destruction. The representation of peace is based on intimate and positive emotional experiences. It appears weaker and polyphasic, with cues of change. Respondents involved in peace education show greater complexity of contents and more features related to positive approaches to peace, thus underlining the relevance of these activities.

Palavras-chave : Peace psychology; Social representations; Peace education; Social Representations; Peace education; War and society.

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