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Análise Psicológica

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BALANCHO, Leonor Segurado Falé. Ser pai: Transformações intergeracionais na paternidade . Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2004, vol.22, n.2, pp.377-386. ISSN 0870-8231.

The psychological study of parenthood and its impact on children have grown significantly since the 70's. The idea of change in the father - child relationship in the last generations has been under scrutiny by researchers, with some data confirming transformations in some dimensions of that relationship, and other infirming that the father is more intervenient or present in the child's life, mainly due to separation and divorce and excessive work hours. These particular situations have been responsible, some say, for the separation between father and children. In Portugal, we have no studies whatsoever on the topic. Accordingly, this article presents part of a research involving fathers, grandfathers and children, studying their subjective perceptions on the concept of fathering along three generations. Conclusions highlight subjective perceptions of a renewed father, sustaining possible tendencies for shifts in expectancies and practices in the traditional role of the father.

Keywords : Fatherhood; change; generations; perceptions.

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