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SILVA, Lawerton Braga da  e  ALESSIO, Renata Lira dos Santos. Review of the use of the theory of social representations in homophobia studies in Brazil. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2019, vol.19, n.2, pp. 342-365. ISSN 1808-4281.

This review article aims to highlight the contributions and give an overview of the studies that use social representations theories to study the homophobia phenomenon in the context of Brazilian Social Psychology. The research was carried out in the BVS, PePSIC and SciELO bases, without time demarcation. seven empirical articles were found in the Brazilian context. Three with quantitative aproach and four with qualitative aproach. Five articles made clear their chosen models, among them the societal approach and structural approach. They also pointed out four thematic nuclei that were not excluding but related to the focus of each work: (1) Expressions of prejudice and nature of homosexuality; (2) Homoparental adoption; (3) Social representations of homosexuality and; (4) Teachers and social representations of homosexuality and sexual diversity. Two tendencies can be pointed toward the objectives: (1) the understanding of expressions of prejudice (subtle and flagrant) based on representations about the nature of homosexuality and; (2) representations regarding homosexuality. It is necessary that future studies change their focus, proposing strategies to face and fight homophobic discrimination, as well as taking into account the place of LGBT speech. Leaving the search for the origin of homophobia and homosexuality in the background.

Palavras-chave : social psychology; social representations; prejudice; homophobia and homosexuality.

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