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Family relations from mental health users' perspective

Grant number: 18/25067-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2019
Effective date (End): December 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology
Principal Investigator:Maria Ines Badaro Moreira
Grantee:Beatriz Venancia Dias Gonçalves Silva
Host Institution: Instituto de Saúde e Sociedade (ISS). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Baixada Santista. Santos , SP, Brazil


The insertion of the family in mental health care is built as a scenario based on the structure changes brought about by the Psychiatric Reform. The consolidation of this movement brought care in freedom, the reintegration of patients suffering from psychic suffering in society and their return to their homes after long periods of psychiatric hospitalization, it allows some questions to be posted about how care and relationships take place in this nucleus enabling us to understand the family as an indivisible dimension of the subject's life and to consider it an important part of the treatment, recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation process. Although the family nucleus historically carries the stigma of being the agent responsible for psychic suffering, there is an effort to make this social imaginary deconstructed. Currently, the discussions seek to analyze the role of the family in the treatment, how it is integrated with the teams of the substitutive care services, their participation in the Singular Therapeutic Projects, the burden, and meanings that emerge from this role of caregiver, always starting from the point of view of family members. The question that arises in this work is to understand these relations, its complexities and unfolding of the family care in Mental Health as they were lived by relatives of users of the services that were present in the context of the emergence of care in freedom and understand them under the point of view of mental health users. The choice of family members and users to be the actors of this research implies the opening of space so that they are agents of the production of knowledge about this theme. The focus is to use the experience of these subjects as a reference proposing the consumer participation in Mental Health research. For that, semi-structured interviews and a historical documentary analysis will be carried out for the creation of a retrospective on family care that will produce materials to be analyzed under the method technique of Content Analysis.

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