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ALVARENGA, Cláudia Gersen; PATROCINO, Laís Barbosa  and  BARBI, Lucas. Discussing life projects with children and adolescents in social vulnerability. Desidades [online]. 2021, n.29, pp. 186-199. ISSN 2318-9282.

ABSTRACT The objective was to analyse a work on life projects conducted with children and adolescents in the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which was performed through health education workshops. The meetings occurred in a philanthropic institution for 10 months. Topics such as self-knowledge, self-esteem, family relationships and affective bonds, body care, citizenship, inequality and violence were addressed. The analysis was carried out through a diagnosis questionnaire applied to participants, activities performed by the group and field notes. Boys showed a higher interest in less qualified careers, and girls in higher education professions. There was a lack of articulation between the groups' mentioned projects and concrete actions to conduct those projects. The school was not positively mentioned as a space to promote their goals' achievement. The health education workshops focused on life projects' promotion proved to be powerful strategies to the self-knowledge, providing opportunities of projections of the desired future.

Keywords : life projects; children and adolescents; social vulnerability; health education.

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