Poster Presentation

Monday, November 5, 2007
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Monday, November 5, 2007
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
This presentation is part of : Scientific Posters
Critical Workshop as a Space for Adolescent Women's Empowerment
Rosa Maria Godoy Serpa da Fonseca, RN, MPH, PhD, FAAN, Nursing Collective Health Department, School of Nursing at So Paulo University, So Paulo, Brazil and Marta Arajo Amaral, PhD, RN, Maternal Child Health Department, Minas Gerais Federal University, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Learning Objective #1: - to discuss the critical workshop as a health education space
Learning Objective #2: - to share the gender perspective to deal with health promotion to adolescents women and the possibility to prepare health workers

This study is part of a plan in the sexual education area involving adolescents, who are part of the Querubins Project in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Among the problems presented by the participants, sexual initiation has stood out as an important concern in their lives, reflecting not only the present moment, but also the future, besides being related to several questions in the social and familiar level, as well as the gender one. Our aim is to understand the adolescents’ social representations related to sexual initiation and their interface with the feminine identity formation and the future plans. In addition to those, this survey aims at analyzing the Critical Workshop as an emancipating strategy for adolescents’ groups, considering as the starting points the presuppositions of participation, shared responsibility, self-esteem and empowerment. Sixteen female adolescents between 11 and 16 years old took part in this survey. They were divided into 3 (three) different groups according to their age. The data were collected in 4 (four) Workshops and analyzed on the basis of the social representation theory by means of the discourse analysis and association of ideas techniques. The understanding of the social representations made the values, ideas and practices of the adolescents and their family clear. It was also clear that those values, ideas and practices were in frequent transformation in the social field. The analysis of the gender questions was essential for the understanding of the construction processes of the feminine identity and its influence on the affective relationships, on the exercise of sexuality and on the future plans. The Critical Workshop as a technique of data colleting and as an educative practice was considered efficient and very close to this age group public, being also considered as a space for participants’ reflection, expression and transformation.