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PARDO, Maria Benedita Lima; CARVALHO, Margarida Maria Silveira Britto de; BRITO, Ariane de  and  SILVA, Luciana Priscila Lima da. Initial interview as support to interventions in parent orientation groups. Psico (Porto Alegre) [online]. 2015, vol.46, n.4, pp. 423-431. ISSN 1980-8623.

The use of data collection instruments before the intervention planning is very relevant in the psychologist’s work. The literature emphasizes the relation between the diagnosis and intervention phases. This article presents the results obtained with initial interviews applied to participant mothers in orientation groups offered in a psychological service. The questions posed lead the mothers to enlarge the information about their complaints directing their attention to aspects of environments where their children used to be, to other characteristics and behavior of the children and to their own behavior as an educator. The results reveal the need to discuss the mutual influence between mother’s and children’s behaviors in order to adjust them and contribute to the children’s development.

Keywords : Parent training; interview; social environments.

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