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Temas em Psicologia

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MACEDO, João Paulo et al. The problem of false imprisonment for family and mental health workers. Temas psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.24, n.2, pp. 507-518. ISSN 1413-389X.

Demands for mental health in primary attention are diverse and complex. Professionals come across demands multiple: chronicle users returned from a long hospitalization, common mental disorders, psychotic crises, suicidal behaviour, medicalization and psychosocial risk situation generates psychic suffering. However, there is one, between all problems, that have been perpetuated through history of psychiatric assistance: deprived incarceration. The current study aims at understanding the perception of families and professionals about the psychosocial assistance network in Parnaíba (PI) regarding the deprived incarceration issue. This is an exploratory and descriptive study, of qualitative nature, based on the production of meanings. Participants were 10 relatives and 15 professionals giving assistance to cases of deprived incarceration in the county. Results indicated significant occurrence of incarceration cases, the fragility of the assistance in order to revert this situation, and the almost inexistent opportunity of caring for the families, who are suffocated with the overload and intense suffering of being care givers. We expect this study can provide knowledge about one of the harshest realities so psychosocial attention network can address answers.

Keywords : Mental health; primary attention; network; incarceration; exclusion.

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