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Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto)

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MOREIRA, Lúcia Vaz de Campos; RABINOVICH, Elaine Pedreira  and  SILVA, Célia Nunes. Perspectives of children from Bahia, Brazil about family. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto) [online]. 2009, vol.19, n.42, pp.77-85. ISSN 0103-863X.

This study investigated the meanings 60 children, 6 to 12 years old, attribute to their fathers, mothers, siblings, grandparents and families. Participants were divided in four groups of 15 children each: two groups with children from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and whose parents had high and low socio-educational level, and two from the interior of Bahia with the same socio-educational levels. Children were individually interviewed according to semi-structured questionnaire. Family composition and local of residence were investigated with parents. Data evidence that children live with their nuclear family but have close relationship with their extended family; the family is conceived as who cares and supports; the mother cares, disciplines and is affective; the father and grandfather play; grandmothers please; siblings play, help and teach, though there is misunderstanding, they are those whom one can always rely on.

Keywords : family; family members; childhood.

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