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MENDES, Carla Martins; MAGALHAES, Andrea Seixas; MONTEIRO, Mayla Cosmo  and  FERES-CARNEIRO, Terezinha. Modesty in the family with adolescents: transmission and limits of intimacy. Rev. SPAGESP [online]. 2021, vol.22, n.2, pp. 19-32. ISSN 1677-2970.

ABSTRACT The present study is part of a broader investigation of shame and modesty in the intimacy of the family and aims to investigate the perception of modesty in families with adolescent children. Qualitative research was conducted in which eight 8 subjects from the middle socioeconomic segment were interviewed. According to the content analysis method, the results were analyzed, thematic-categorical, and discussed from the theoretical framework of psychoanalysis and social sciences. Considering the objective of the present study, we present and discuss the categories: the strangeness of modesty; transmission of modesty: a legacy in question; new directions of intimacy in the home and image in the public space: protecting the shame of children. The results show that the participants attribute to modesty a meaning of bodily and sexual intimacy transmitted by previous generations and little expression in the current family interaction. We conclude that the generational transmission of modesty has suffered a discontinuity, given the greater affective proximity to the children and their reflexes in the transformation of family intimacy.

Keywords : Modesty; Family; Intimacy; Adolescence.

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