Quando la vita è la strada: un’indagine sulla realtà psichica e sociale dei meninos de rua

Lucrezia Lorito

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[automatically translated] The recent history of Brazil is marked by horrendous crimes (now finally clear decrease) committed against the so-called street children, poor children and adolescents who survive committing petty crimes, but often, unfortunately, remain victims of phantom organizations vigilantes in this way impose social order and cleanliness in the city. The few psychological work in this research area (Lo Piccolo, 1996; 2002), emphasize above all the huge burden of psychological pain suffered by these young people forced to live their lives in the street, no affective references, without support networks and the risk still there to be caught and killed. The research that we present, the result of our specific interest in this dramatic reality, It is the result of work on the field that has seen us engaged for over a year in the Brazilian Northeast region (Recife). In particular, our goal has involved the mental exploration of the universe of these subjects, the knowledge of how it can be structured personality of individual that grows in total deprivation, the impact on the development of existential and social conditions at the limit of human tolerability, as well as the world of mental representations with respect to some key areas. He intended also to envisage, on the basis of the results obtained, specific recovery actions. To this end, we decided to give 150 Meninos de rua a series of cartoons already used by Lo Piccolo in his research (1996), real stimulus images, which was followed, of our express request, a short story by the impact, emotional and affective together, that these cartoons were on boys (following the classic methodology semiproiettiva). At a later stage, verbalizations were transcribed and subjected to content analysis through the T-Lab (Spear of text analysis software, 2004). It should be noted that the structure of the tables (on them) is designed only after having identified those categories potentially capable of covering the whole range of the most meaningful experiences for people. Later, they have been searching for the appropriate images to represent these categories (family, street, money, power). The same cartoons also were also administered to two different types of Brazilian young people with whom we came in contact: those who come from the favelas (total 150) and those who come from situations of great economic and social wealth (total 150), in order to make a comparison between the three groups of street children who live in the Brazilian real city. The aim was in fact to analyze three groups-policy subjects the representations that children have of themselves, the world around them, in the future, comparing, in other words, different types of young people in history and socio area cultural environment, but living together in the same Brazilian company.
Original languageItalian
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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