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FERNANDES, Janaina da Silva Gonçalves  and  ANDRADE, Márcia Siqueira de. Social representations of old age produced by seniors. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.68, n.2, pp. 48-59. ISSN 1809-5267.

The objective of this research was to identify and compare social representations of old age produced by seniors. There were 14 participants elderly of both sexes, divided into two groups: Group 1 consists of seniors with higher education to 11 years and higher economic level and Group 2 elderly with up to 3 years of schooling and low economic level. To collect data we used questionnaire sociodemographic and semi-structured interview. Descending Hierarchical Classification of data collected with the support of IRAMUTEQ software was performed. The results indicate that social representations identified in Group 1 for old age as a period to avail the friends, participate in activities and care for themselves. In group 2 the old age representation is guided in hopelessness, frustration, acceptance and concern for the future. We conclude that the major level economic and schooling and family support in the lives of elderly favors the construction of positive representations of old age.

Keywords : Aging; IRAMUTEQ; Level of schooling; Social representation.

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