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Limits and possibilities of the good-living to black students in institutions of higher education: the case of the University of São Paulo

Grant number: 18/15573-0
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants - Phase 2
Duration: July 01, 2019 - June 30, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal Investigator:Alessandro de Oliveira dos Santos
Grantee:Alessandro de Oliveira dos Santos
Host Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/11199-2 - Action of the psychologist in theme of race/ethnicity relations: a study in Metropolitan Region of São Paulo, AP.JP
Associated scholarship(s):22/12768-0 - Mapping and georeferencing of psychology professionals who work as technicians in Higher Education Institutions in the mental health care of the academic population, BP.TT
22/09607-4 - Experiences of prejudice and discrimination of black students in the academic environment, BP.IC
22/02481-5 - Notions of identity and well-being in the light of African epistemologies, BP.PD
+ associated scholarships 22/01080-7 - Black students in higher education: the academic trajectory from the perspective of families, BP.DD
22/01386-9 - Subjective well-being of black students, BP.MS
21/13351-2 - Conceptions of black students about access, permanence and support networks in a public university, BP.IC
21/11578-0 - Storage, management, and dissemination of scientific research data, BP.TT
21/05789-8 - Ethnic-racial relations and well-being among university students, BP.IC
20/07014-0 - Support for project data management limits and possibilities for the well-being of black students in higher education institutions, BP.TT
20/02321-2 - Reception and psychosocial assistance of students benefiting from affirmative action programs, BP.PD
20/02299-7 - Subjective well-being of white and yellow university students, BP.MS
20/02301-1 - Well-being, decolonial thinking and policies to promote ethnic-racial equality, BP.PD
19/12105-8 - Black university students, ethnic-racial relationships and well-being, BP.IC
19/12450-7 - Ethnic-racial relations and well-being among university students, BP.IC
19/12583-7 - Support for project data management limits and possibilities for the well-being of black students in higher education institutions, BP.TT - associated scholarships


This exploratory descriptive research, conducted in four stages, aims to describe and analyze the limits and possibilities for the Good-Living of black students in institutions of higher education, investigating, among other aspects, Subjective Well-Being, episodes of prejudice and discrimination in the academic environment, the forms of student organization within the university, the support of the family. The first stage will consist of a bibliographical survey of articles, books, dissertations and theses of the Psychology field (Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Social Psychology) on ethnic-racial relations, affirmative action programs, student assistance policies, Good-Living and Subjective Well-Being (SWB). The second stage involves carrying out a cross-sectional study, with the application of a SWB scale to students, in three different moments: at the beginning, middle and end of the undergraduate or postgraduate course, aiming to identify trends in the indexes of SWB during the period they stay in university. In the third stage, individual interviews will be conducted with black students identified in the second stage. The intention is to understand aspects of the black experience in the academic environment and the elements that can contribute to the Good-Living of this population in this environment. The fourth stage involves group interviews, called focus groups, with black students identified in the second and third stages. The intention is to understand the concepts of living well in the academic environment, how they deal with the situations of prejudice and discrimination lived in this environment and the support offered by their families to guarantee well-being and in relation to the continuity of studies. The conclusion of the research involves the dissemination of the results produced by the study through seminars at USP, presentations in congress and publications. The project will be submitted to the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Institute of Psychology of USP and aims to contribute to the training of researchers and psychologists, who in their various work fronts have been challenged by the sociocultural construction of differences and inequalities. (AU)

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