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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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GONCALVES, Hebe Signorini  and  COUTINHO, Luciana Gageiro. Youth and family: expectations, ideals and social repercussions. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2008, vol.8, n.3, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1808-4281.

This article analyzes partial data acquired during research in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro; it deals with interviews with 39 youngs concerning questions that affect them and pursues the meanings given to family, both with respect to a cohabitation group and the family as an ideal. In the analysis, we take advantage of studies on youth in contemporary society, in particular the Brazilian youth, and utilize the notion of ideal as treated in psychoanalytical theory. We conclude that the idealization of family (a) should be better understood as a matter of both individual and social spheres; and (b) demands interventions capable of providing them with extra-familiar references as a way of helping the young in the consecution of their future projects as well as delimitating the institutional functions of the family.

Keywords : Youth; Family; Idealization.

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