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Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa

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SANTOS, Maria de Fátima de Souza; ALESSIO, Renata Lira dos Santos  and  SILVA, Juliana Maria Moura do Nascimento. Adolescents and violence in the press. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2009, vol.25, n.3, pp.447-452. ISSN 0102-3772.

The study of violence wakes up the society interest on its growth and also on the engagement of adolescents from several socio-economic strata in violent acts, as victims or as agents of the violence. The objective of this work is to analyze the social representations on adolescence and violence in the newspapers of Pernambuco. We analyzed 1.270 news published during 12 months in two newspapers. The data analyzed by the ALCESTE software shows different treatments in the news, according to the adolescent's social class. Violence related to the upper-class-adolescent is highlighted as a family tragedy which deserves the engagement of the institutions in order to solve it. There is a concretization of the violence in a precise social group: the poor one. Consequently, the binomial violence - poverty is reinforced.

Keywords : adolescence; violence; social representations; press.

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