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Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)

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PERES, Rodrigo Sanches  and  JUSTO, José Sterza. Contributions of graphic projective techniques for the understanding of highway wanderers' personality. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2005, vol.10, n.2, pp.305-312. ISSN 1678-4669.

Research results indicate that the highway wanderers' desertion involves socioeconomic and psychological factors. The objective of the present study was the investigation of the highway wanderers' personality. For so much, the Hammers' Graphic Battery was applied to a group of 23 highway wanderers sheltered in an caring institution. The collected data was evaluated and interpreted by the utilization of meanings attribution's criteria supplied by the scientific literature. Data analysis indicate that the participants possess a corporal image committed by inferiority feelings and inadequacy and an affective organization marked by sexual conflicts, primary defense mechanisms and a vehement tendency to isolation in interpersonal relationships. Such results supply subsidies for the understanding of some personality characteristics of the researched individuals. However, the corroboration of these hypotheses depends on the accomplishment of new empirical studies.

Keywords : highway wanderers; psychological evaluation; personality; projective techniques.

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