Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa
Print version ISSN 0102-3772
ALMEIDA, Sandra Francesca Conte de; SANTOS, Maria Cristina Amélia Borges dos and ROSSI, Tânia Maria de Freitas. Elementary and middle school teachers' social representation concerning inner-family violence. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.3, pp. 277-286. ISSN 0102-3772. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-37722006000300004.
This study is focused on the social representations of elementary and middle school teachers about the inner-family violence. The used sample encompasses 94 teachers of public and private schools (Federal District and Goiás, Brazil), undergraduate students in Pedagogy. In the data collection process a questionnaire was applied in order to apprehend the representations about the inner-family violence in the dimensions of information, social representation field and attitudes, regarding proven and suspicious cases of students, victims of inner-family violence. The results point to contradictions and ambivalences between the teacher's feeling and attitudes in relation to the phenomenon. They also indicate that the social representation of inner-family violence for a great part of the individuals, still passes through the consideration of the authority power of parents and families, which gives them the right to educate their children as they deem most appropriate, indicating the necessity of training for teachers, in the initial and continuous education, to adequately deal with the inner-family violence problem in the school daily issues.
Keywords : social representations; inner-family violence; teachers; family school relationship.