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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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WACHELKE, João  and  CONTARELLO, Alberta. Italian students' social representation on aging: an exploratory study of a representational system. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.3, pp.551-560. ISSN 0102-7972.

In various countries there are studies aimed at characterizing social representations on aging, but little is known about their relations with other representations. The present study proposes to characterize those relations through the notion of representational systems. An exploratory survey has been conducted with 151 Italian undergraduate students. They have completed evocation tasks about seven social objects linked to aging and also rated the distances among them. Distance ratings went through similarity analysis, while a prototypical analysis was carried out for aging and three objects: death, health and family. The results indicate possible content connections among representation elements and suggest a conjunction relationship between aging and family. The notion of representational systems opens possibilities for more refined representational characterizations.

Keywords : Aging; Social Representations; Structural Approach; Representational Systems.

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