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Everyday life and mental health: puting in context the occupations and the time use of service users at Centers of Psychosocial Care

Grant number: 11/23424-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2012
Effective date (End): June 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Thelma Simões Matsukura
Grantee:Mariana Moraes Salles
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


The changes that took place through the Brazilian psychiatric reform process transformed people's day to day, especially for people with mental health problems and their support network. In Brazil there is little research about the everyday life of people with mental health problems. In this context, it is important to understand what people with mental health problems do and how what they do affect their life and health. The aims of the present research are: identify the everyday life occupations of users at Centers of Psychosocial Care (CAPS); analyze the user's time use, in the perspective of occupational balance; analyze how the everyday life occupations are connected to the heath and illness processes, and analyze how the everyday life occupations are connected to proposals and actions of CAPS. The qualitative approach will be used and Agnes Heller's concept of everyday life will be used as the research theoretical guide. As analytic categories the concept of occupation, as used in occupational therapy, developed by English language authors, and the concept of psychosocial rehabilitation, wide spread in the field of mental health in Brazil, will be used. The goal is to make use of data gathered in doctorate thesis and not analysed until the moment, to create a reflexion and analysis, accordingly to the proposal theoretical referenceof the present study. 29 interviews were done in total, 17 with services users and 12 with people from their social network. For the data analyses the discourse analyses will be used. The expectation is that the study advances in the development and reflexions about the practices and politics focused on that population and add to the knowledge produced in the field of mental health and, specifically, in occupational therapy.

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SALLES, MARIANA MORAES; MATSUKURA, THELMA SIMOES. Occupational possibilities in a Brazilian mental health service: The perspective of users. SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, v. 23, n. 1, p. 23-29, . (11/23424-5)

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