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The pioneer contributions of Oswaldo Di Loreto to the children's psychotherapy in Brazil: interfaces between psychiatry, psychoanalysis and psychology

Grant number: 17/02345-6
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: July 01, 2017 - December 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology
Principal Investigator:Jorge Luís Ferreira Abrão
Grantee:Jorge Luís Ferreira Abrão
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil


Oswaldo Duarte Milton Di Loreto (1929-2009) shows a singular professional trajectory standing out as the pioneer of the Brazilian children's psychiatry, in a performance that brings as a distinctive sign not only the pioneering brand, but also the insertion, articulation and integration between related matters of the scientific thought as the psychiatry, psychoanalysis and psychology. Among his most outstanding actions, figures the creation, in 1968, of the Enfance therapeutic community, designated to the treatment of children with mental disorders. Thus, two elements that justify the historical relevance of Oswaldo Di Loreto's professional career stand out, that puts him in a featured position as the pioneer of the children's psychiatry and psychology in São Paulo, owing to the magnitude of the actions that he undertook, just like: Contribution to the advance of the children's psychiatry matter, with emphasis on the development of the children's psychotherapy of psychodynamic nature, and propaedeutic influence on new professionals. In this way, this research's objective is to draw a sketch of the professional biography of Oswaldo Di Loreto as the pioneer of the children's psychiatry in Brazil, inserting him in the scientific and cultural context of his period. For this, it will be adopted a qualitative research methodology, of a biographical feature, inserted in a broader matter, that is conventionally called historiography of psychology. In this way, the oral testimonial and document analyses were delimited as the historical sources to this research, through consultation of the papers published by Oswaldo Di Loreto and other available registers from this psychiatry, that jointly guarantee the collection of a significant number of information about his professional career. As results, it is expected to compose the professional trajectory of Oswaldo Di Loreto in the matter of Brazilian children's psychiatry, highlighting his contribution to the development of the children's psychotherapy and the articulations between psychology and psychoanalysis. (AU)

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