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LARRANAGA, Maider; VALENCIA, José F  e  ORTIZ, Garbiñe. The Effects of Gender Asymmetry in the Social Representation of Female Unemployment. Psykhe [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.1, pp. 83-98. ISSN 0718-2228.

Based on the theory of the central core (Abric, 1976, 1987), the aim of the study was to analyze the social representation of male and female unemployment held by young people with vocational training studies. In the study 231 students from 3 purposively chosen technology training centers in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques Department in France completed a questionnaire containing evocation and refutation items. The results of the lexicographic and categorical analysis showed the specificities of female unemployment, organized along the family dimension and of male unemployment, organized around the individual dimension. In contrast, percentages related to the refutation questionnaires showed the same core elements in both female and male unemployment. These results suggest that the social representation of unemployment is differently organized as a function of gender, thus implying that the traditional views of gender roles still persist.

Palavras-chave : unemployment; gender asymmetry; social representation; central core; peripheral system.

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