Psicologia & Sociedade
Print version ISSN 0102-7182
FURLANI, Daniela Dias and BOMFIM, Zulmira Áurea Cruz. Youth and affection: making projects of life using the construction of affective maps. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2010, vol.22, n.1, pp. 50-59. ISSN 0102-7182. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-71822010000100007.
The goal of this research was to analyze the life projects of adolescents from rural and urban areas in the State of Ceara, taking into consideration their emotional bonds to the environment to which they belong. The sample was comprised of 38 male and female adolescents. The method of affective maps was used to assess emotions, and interviews were used to tap into participants' life projects. Content analysis and statistical analysis were used to interpret the qualitative data. Living in urban or rural areas did not make a difference on adolescents' life projects. Those of rural areas tend to seek work earlier in life. Those of urban areas presented concerns regarding urban violence. In conclusion, the wider use of social practices is necessary. Such practices ought to offer a critical position toward social concerns.
Keywords : affective maps; life project; environmental psychology; adolescence; urban-rural environments.