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Love between young people in contemporary: a study in view of the theory of models organizers of thought

Grant number: 12/06744-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2012
Effective date (End): July 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Human Development Psychology
Principal Investigator:Leonardo Lemos de Souza
Grantee:Mirela Fios Santos de Oliveira
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil


The objective of this research is to study the representations of university students about love and loving and the conflicts in which this feeling is involved, whereas a gender perspective and types of emotional-sexual relationships (heterosexual, gay, and lesbian). The North theoretical and methodological base constructivist consider such mental representations produced in narratives about everyday conflicts, especially the concept of organizing models, such as building cognitive, emotional, and cultural. Thus, we will investigate the representations of this feeling and conflicts caused by the collective application of questionnaires dealing with the theme focusing on vicarious or lived experiences of 150 college students (18-24 years) from three different groups of sexual orientation (heterosexual, gay and lesbian), distributed as follows as the affective-sexual orientation and gender/sex: 50 heterosexuals (25 men and 25 women), 50 gays (men), 50 lesbians (women). The analysis will be guided by the definition of the organizing model, noting its components: the elements abstracted and retained as significant; the meanings assigned to the elements, and the implications and/or relationships between elements and meanings. The analysis will seek to identify the meanings of love for young people and how they and their/partners /the act, think, and feel about the loving conflicts lived/vicarious; will establish further relations between the different groups of affective and sexual orientation (heterosexual, gay and lesbian) and gender category (men and women). (AU)

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