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Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud

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CARDONA-RODRIGUEZ, Farley Johanna; OSORIO-TAMAYO, Dora LiLiana  and  MORENO-CARMONA, Norman Darío. Referentiality, redefined from subjective wellbeing and socialization. Rev.latinoam.cienc.soc.niñez juv [online]. 2017, vol.15, n.2, pp.1165-1177. ISSN 1692-715X.

This research study was designed in order to define the concept of referentiality based on the processes of socialization and the construction of subjective wellbeing. The study involved the participation of 11 subjects, aged 20 to 26 from the city of Medellin, Colombia. The research approach used was grounded theory and data was obtained through the holding of two discussion groups and four semi-structured interviews. Some aspects of the results are notable, such as the tensions that are important to consider when defining referentiality, the construction of referentiality through the meaningful relationships that young people establish with people from both within and outside their family circle, and the way that these multiple relationships positively influence the acquisition of better living conditions that improve subjective wellbeing. The authors' conclusions highlight possibilities for integration opportunities, the creation of a guide for psychosocial interventions and contributions to public policy related to family and youth development.

Keywords : socialization; well-being (health); family; young adults; identity.

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