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SILVA SOUZA, Kamyla; DE CERQUEIRA CASTRO, Jefferson Luiz; FERNANDES DE ARAUJO, Ludgleydson  and  DE OLIVEIRA SANTOS, José Victor. Social representations of aging: A study with elderly grandmothers who take care of their grandchildren and grandmothers who do not. Cienc. Psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.12, n.2, pp.293-297. ISSN 1688-4094.

This study aimed at collecting and comparing the social representations of aging by grandmothers who take part of their grandchildren’s raising and the ones who do not. The sample was composed of twenty female grandparents, aged between 60 and 81; ten of them live with their grandchildren; the other 10 do not live with them and/or have little or no contact with them. The free word association technique was used and analyzed by Iramuteq software. From the analysis, it was evidenced that the grandmothers who live close to their grandchildren demonstrated the difficulties of aging; in contrast, those that sporadically see their grandchildren believe that aging is calm. It is assumed, therefore, that the responsibilities towards the grandchildren compromises the enjoyment of the aging. The data are expected to support studies on aging and intergenerational cohabitation

Keywords : aging; grandmother; grandchildren; social representation; prototypic analysis.

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