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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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SOARES, Adriana Benevides; SOUZA, Marisangela Siqueira de; MONTEIRO, Marcia Cristina  and  WOLTER, Rafael Moura Coelho Pecly. Concepts of students on maturity for the choice of graduation in Psychology. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.18, n.3, pp. 755-772. ISSN 1808-4281.

The increase of offering and demand for Psychology courses has stimulated researches to understand the process of career choice and how this can affect the quality of their formation and their profession performance. The study aims to identify the spontaneous conceptions of psychological maturity to the career choice for Psychology students. The participants of this research were thirteen students from a private Higher Education institution of both sexes, aged between 20 and 48 years (M = 32.15%, SD = 9.54) and from different socioeconomic classes. The periods were: one participant (7.7%) from the first period; three (23.1%) from the second; one (7.7%) from the third and fifth respectively; three (23.1%) from the sixth; one (7.7%) from the seventh and two (15.4%) from the eighth. The study was exploratory, qualitative and used the Focal Group methodology. The Iramuteq 0.7 software was used to data analysis that pointed to five general classes. The results indicate that the conception for the psychology course choice is related to the characteristics or abilities perceived by the students and should be developed during the graduation process. This study collaborated to understand the Psychology student profile in Brazil, as well, with the improvement of the formation process of these professionals.

Keywords : psychological maturity; university students; psychology; career choice; focus group.

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