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Psicologia em Pesquisa

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PAULINO, Geanne Pereira Alves; PATIAS, Naiana Dapieve  and  DIAS, Ana Cristina Garcia. Teenage Fatherhood: A Study on Self-perceptions of the Phenomenon. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2013, vol.7, n.2, pp. 230-241. ISSN 1982-1247.

Being a father early, in some contexts, can cause worry and resistance in the social environment. This study aimed to understand some aspects involved in the phenomenon of adolescent fatherhood, for example, the major identified changes in the lives of teenage parents and their notions about parenthood. Semi-structured interviews were used as an instrument of data collection with three teenage fathers in a city of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The interviews were analyzed through thematic category content analysis. Although paternity in adolescence is an unexpected event, the participants realized gains with the advent of pregnancy, and consequently, of fatherhood. The responsibility was identified as a positive factor in their lives, as it has made them look for other ways to live in this situation.

Keywords : Fatherhood; adolescence; adolescent psychology.

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