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BOCK, Ana Mercês Bahia. Leontyev's social-historical perspective and the criticism of the naturalistic approach to human development with a focus on adolescence. Cad. CEDES [online]. 2004, vol.24, n.62, pp.26-43. ISSN 0101-3262.

Leontyev's theoretical approach invites us to go beyond the naturalistic conception of the human being in the field of psychology. This progress is possible if we understand the human mind as something that develops through the insertion process of the individual into culture and the social relations. This paper is a critical analysis of psychological publications on adolescence directed to parents and teachers. Writings in psychology that focus on adolescence tend to be greatly influenced by the naturalistic approach. The social consequences of this tendency point to the need for a critique.

Keywords : Naturalization; Adolescence; Leontyev; Social-historical psychology.

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