Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
REIS, Cássia Barbosa and SANTOS, Nayana Rosa dos. Unequal gender relations in the speech of adolescents. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.10, pp. 3979-3984. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232011001100002.
Adolescence is a phase of life in which individuals experience rapid physical, emotional and intellectual change. In the midst of all these changes, distorted or incomplete information that adolescents receive on sexuality, including STD/AIDS, exposes them more readily to these diseases and early pregnancy. The scope of this work was to identify gender relations between adolescents. The method used was an analytical study with a qualitative approach based on social representations that examine values, beliefs, habits, attitudes and opinions in order to encompass the target group thoroughly. In analysis of the discourse, inequality was swiftly apparent with decidedly macho overtones. Despite the amount of information currently available on sexuality, many adolescents have precious little knowledge of the subject and a lack of adequate communication with their parents, their schools and the media.
Keywords : Adolescents; SDT/AIDS; Gender.