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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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MAFRA, Verônica Cecilia Alves da Silva  e  SANTOS, Maria de Fátima de Souza. From the new to the traditional: the representation of psychology in the judiciary. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.13, n.2, pp. 545-562. ISSN 1808-4281.

This study had the objective of investigating the social representations of the psychologists who work in the Judiciary Power of Pernambuco about judicial psychology. Fifty-six psychologists took part in it by answering a questionnaire with a phase of free association to the inductive term "judicial psychology". The resulting information was treated with the use of the software EVOC for evocation analysis. The results demonstrated that judicial psychology is represented by these professionals as a field of psychological knowledge application and professional performance which is being formed and concerns legal matters. It is markedly an interface space. Data also show that scientific knowledge and common knowledge coexist in this area. In conclusion, recognizing the tensions and conflicts of this field, as well as the representations parallel to the theoretical and technical reformulation, can subsidize the critical process of transformation in professional performance.

Palavras-chave : Judicial Psychology; Professional performance; Social representation.

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