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Pensando familias

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SCHLOSSER, Adriano  and  CAMARGO, Brigido Vizeu. Character elements of social representations about love relationships. Pensando fam. [online]. 2019, vol.23, n.2, pp.105-118. ISSN 1679-494X.

The phenomenon of love relationships has been a frequent theme in social discourses, encompassing values, beliefs and attitudes regarding the characteristics associated with both the ideal partner and the ideal love relationship. This all aimed to identify the characterizing elements of social representations about love relationships, for university students of both sexes. A total of 120 subjects, divided equally by sex, were interviewed using a semi-structured individual interview, and analyzed using IRaMuTeQ software. There were differences in the representational content between men and women, where the female group anchors their values in more behavioral attributions of the partner, such as partnership, confidence, companionship and stability, while the masculine group anchors itself in more objective attributions, as physical attraction and seduction, for example. It is emphasized that both sexes raise the elements love, passion and fidelity. The data allow comparison to previous studies, checking for possible changes in values and beliefs about love relationships.

Keywords : Interpersonal attraction; Love relationship; Social representation.

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