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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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BOSSOLAN, Regina Pagotto; PEROSA, Gimol Benzaquen  and  PADOVANI, Carlos Roberto. Blood donation in the view of schoolchildren: conceptions and values. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.3, pp.495-503. ISSN 0102-7972.

This study investigated children's values and perceptions of blood donation. A hundred forty-five students (preschool, second- and fourth-graders) aged 6, 8 and 10 years old answered Piagetian tests. They were also interviewed on blood donation and faced a moral dilemma. Lack of information and misinformation were observed. The school was the least frequently cited information source. Findings showed that the participants justified blood donation as an act of solidarity. It indicates that children have a conception of values since the preoperational stage of cognitive development. It is also presented a discussion on the role of schools in Health Care Education, particularly targeting specific behaviors which will be expressed in the long term such as blood donation.

Keywords : Moral Values; Blood Donation; Health Care Education.

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