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Vocational choice and the drama of adolescence

This paper, developed from a more extensive research that focused on the social imaginary concerning contemporary adolescence, investigates the concepts that future vocational advisers, psychology and pedagogy students, have on the adolescent who's preparing to choose a profession. The research was undertaken by using the Procedure of Thematic Story-Drawing and the analysis of data. Based on Bleger's concepts and a Winnicottian approach, data analysis disclosed the existence of the following non-conscientious psychological fields: doubt, parental desire and the lack of confidence in one's self. From a psycho-prophylactic perspective, the general picture indicates the need to rehabilitate the adolescent in re-appropriating his/her own destiny, since constant doubt appears as the consequence of not being able to trust in one owns ability nor in the decision making abilities of his/her parents, the outcome of various changes in the society that they belong to.

adolescence; social imaginary; vocational guidance; psychoanalysis; work

Associação Brasileira de Psicologia Social Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Centro de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (CFCH), Av. da Arquitetura S/N - 7º Andar - Cidade Universitária, Recife - PE - CEP: 50740-550 - Belo Horizonte - MG - Brazil