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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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BECKER, Ana Paula Sesti  and  SILVA, Josiane Delvan da. Conceptions of Religiosity: A Child's Perspective. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.3, pp. 930-952. ISSN 1808-4281.

Religiosity, the search for the Holy and inquiries regarding spirituality have been the focus of investigations in different areas and scientific contexts. This article aims to analyze the conceptions of religiosity that school children aged 6 to 10 years of age have. The study consisted as an exploratory and descriptive qualitative approach. To collect the data we used the semi-structured interviews and thematic drawings with 10 children, (5) children of a school of education and secular (5) children of a college of education religious. Data were analyzed using content analysis. The results showed similar data regarding representations that children have about religiosity, since the representation that most of the participants nourish symbols related to the Divine, run through a concrete notion depending on the cognitive stage where they are. In addition, parental involvement was established as an important aspect for the development of children's religiosity.

Keywords : child; religiosity; spirituality; cognition.

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