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Psicologia em Pesquisa

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CAMARGO, Brigido Vizeu et al. Social representations of aging between different generations in Brazil and Italy. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2014, vol.8, n.2, pp. 179-188. ISSN 1982-1247.

The social representations of aging may differ according to culture. The aim of this study was to compare the representations of aging in Brazil and in Italy. The participants were 360 subjects equally distributed between nationalities, sex and age group. The questionnaire presented closed and open ended questions. The results indicate the association of social variables (sex, age group and cultural context) with two representations of aging: one, where social relations and activity complete the idea of a successful moment in which life experience produced wisdom toward life, and another as a process that, although bring experience and wisdom, results in decline, illness, inactivity and incapacity, indicating the end of life.

Keywords : social representation; aging; sociocultural factors; developmental age groups.

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