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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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LANDIM, Ilana  and  BORSA, Juliane Callegaro. Conceptions of Families: A study on the graphic representations of children from Rio de Janeiro. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2019, vol.19, n.2, pp. 503-521. ISSN 1808-4281.

The family configurations are in the process of diversification, so that the model formed by man and woman united in matrimony is not the only one to be legitimized by society. This study aimed to investigate how the Carioca children graphically represent families, based on the theory of behavior analysis. A total of 108 carioca children (52.8% boys and 47,2% girls), aged between five and 12 years (M = 8.58, DP = 1.54) and their respective parents (M = 36.9 males; DP = 7.31). The children were asked to design individually a family and describe it. Respondents were asked to complete a sociodemographic questionnaire. The contents of the drawings and data of the sociodemographic questionnaire were tabulated and analyzed using the statistical software IBM SPSS version 22. Most of the children represented traditional families in their designs. However, the conceptions of family seemed more associated to the affective dimension than to the spaces of coexistence and dwelling. This study proposed new empirical and theoretical perspectives to evaluate the family drawing and suggests the need to better understand how the various family arrangements are apprehended by the children.

Keywords : families; family drawing; child.

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