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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

versão impressa ISSN 1645-0086

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BU, Emerson Araújo Do; ALEXANDRE, Maria Edna Silva de  e  COUTINHO, Maria da Penha de Lima. Social representations of vitiligo elaborated by Brazilians imprinted by the white. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2017, vol.18, n.3, pp.760-772. ISSN 1645-0086.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15309/17psd180311.

This study aimed to understand the Social Representations (SR) of Vitiligo elaborated by people who have such affection. It is a quantitative and qualitative study, with the descriptive and exploratory type, anchored in the Theory of Social Representations. A total of 196 Brazilians aged 18 to 70 years (M = 38.85; SD = 12.53), with a prevalence of 70.02% female, members of Facebook groups related to the Vitiligo theme, participated in this study. An online questionnaire with the question: "For you, what is Vitiligo?", was used as an instrument of data collection. In addition to this, it was obtained information regarding the sociodemographic data on the participants that were processed by the software Statistical Package for Social Science for Windows - IBM SPSS; while the IRAMUTEQ software was used to analyze the data collected by the question aforementioned, in order to reach the SR of people with Vitiligo about their condition, using the Descending Hierarchical Classification (DHC) and Similitude Analysis. The DHC considered 74.49% of the total of the Elementary Context Units of the corpus called "Understanding Dimensions of Vitiligo". From this, two subcorpora were originated, and Classes 1, 2 and 3, named respectively Biomedical Aspects of Vitiligo, Psychodermatological Aspects of Vitiligo and Biological Aspects of Vitiligo, were combined. In general, it is noticed that the data present multifaceted approaches to understanding Vitiligo, in which the content emerged through the speech of the social actors anchors the understanding of the affection to a knowledge sometimes only dermatological/biomedical, sometimes psychodermatological.

Palavras-chave : vitiligo; social representations; IRAMUTEQ.

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