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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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LEME, Vanessa Barbosa Romera et al. Youth perceptions about the transition to adulthood and family relations. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.9, n.2, pp. 182-194. ISSN 1983-8220.

This study aimed at understanding the perceptions of young adults regarding the transition to adulthood and the changes in relationships with family members during this period of the life cycle. This is a qualitative exploratory study, which used data collection with focus groups and posterior content analysis. The participants were 13 young adults (aged between 20 and 28 years old), seven of which were women and six were men, all from the state of Rio de Janeiro. The results indicated that the trajectories experienced by young adults are plural and influenced by their socio-cultural and economic conditions. Prolonged periods in the parental home can result both in conflicts and in feelings of ambivalence in intergenerational solidarity amongst family members. The information obtained from the study may help future preventive intervention programs and mental health promotion programs with young adults and their families.

Palavras-chave : Transition to adulthood; parent-child relationship; focus group.

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