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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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OLIVEIRA, Maria Cláudia Santos Lopes de; COSTA, Daniela Lemos Pantoja  and  CAMARGO, Carolina Knihs de. Female juvenile offense and socio-education: through a gender and cultural lens. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.18, n.1, pp. 72-92. ISSN 1808-4281.

This article reviews the results of a research intervention aimed to investigate how female adolescents in detention experience the effects of the gender values prevailing in the juvenile justice system. A Gender Workshop was held comprising 10 meetings and 11 female participants. The positions that emerged in dialogues during the meetings were analyzed and four categories were determined: (a) (in)equality of rights between genders; (b) stereotypes about female offending behavior; (c) women's invisibility; (d) impacts of repressive social logic on adolescents. It is argued that: female adolescent offenders are subject to double stigma - as adolescents in conflict with the law and as female persons; the guarantor and protective principles of the law do not prevent prejudice and gender discrimination from occurring, making the needs and perspectives of female adolescents invisible to the socio-educational system, where a repressive and sexist orientation persists, raising a barrier against equal human development opportunities between boys and girls.

Keywords : adolescence; gender; socio-education; research intervention.

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