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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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PINTO, Adriele Vieira de Lima; COUTINHO, Maria da Penha de Lima; CAVALCANTI, Jaqueline Gomes  e  SILVA, Karla Costa. Social Representations of Motherhood for Mothers Deprived of Liberty. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2020, vol.20, n.2, pp. 442-463. ISSN 1808-4281.

Faced with the increase in female incarceration, specific issues of this public gained more visibility, including those related to maternity. This study aimed to know the motherhood experience among mothers deprived of liberty from the perspective of theoretical contribution of Social Representations. Fifteen mothers, between 21 and 44 years old (M = 30.47; SD = 6.25) from the Centro de Ressocialização Feminino of João Pessoa, Paraíba participated. They were submitted to in-depth interviews and the socio-demographic questionnaire. The textual production was processed with the aid of ALCESTE software and analyzed by the Descending Hierarchical Classification, the socio-demographic data through the SPSS (version 21). From the results, four thematic classes emerged, anchored: in the experience and daily routine in prison;  In the knowledgeof court proceedings, judgments and delays;  in vulnerabilities to psychoactive substance use and their consequences on family relationships; and in the experience of motherhood. Being a mother, in this context, was objectified as a synonym of suffering, uncertainty and guilt for the absence of maternal care and separation of children and family. It is noteworthy that motherhood acquires different facets that are now approaching and away from the ideal of the socially disseminated motherhood. Thus, it is necessary to promote social actions that seek to strengthen psychosocial ties between imprisoned mothers, their families, children and society.

Palavras-chave : maternity; mothers; deprivation of liberty; social representations.

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