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Pesquisas e Práticas Psicossociais

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PASSOS, Ádilo Lages Vieira; ARAUJO, Ludgleydson Fernandes de  and  BELO, Raquel Pereira. Hansen's Disease and Aging: Social Representations of the Residents of a Colony Hospital. Pesqui. prát. psicossociais [online]. 2021, vol.16, n.3, pp.1-16. ISSN 1809-8908.

This study aimed to identify and analyze the social representations of the residents of a colony hospital about the Hansen's disease, about aging, as well as about the institution itself. There was a participation of 16 people, aged between 48 and 85 years (M = 67.0 years, SD = 9.7). For a data collection, we used a sociodemographic questionnaire and the Free Word Association Test. The results indicated that the Hansen's disease stimulus is associated with negative elements that refer to the social representation of leprosy. The aging stimulus was anchored in a conceptual scheme associated with the old age phase and the figure of the old. On the other hand, the stimulus Colony Hospital was more anchored in positive components, among which, community and family stand out. It is hoped that this study will contribute to a change in the elements associated to the representation of Hansen's disease and aging.

Keywords : Social representations; Hansen's disease; Aging; Colony hospital.

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