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Psicologia: ciência e profissão

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PIETROLUONGO, Ana Paula da Cunha  and  RESENDE, Tania Inessa Martins de. Mental health home visits: the psychologist's role. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2007, vol.27, n.1, pp. 22-31. ISSN 1414-9893.

This article discusses the home visiting in mental health, bringing up the meaning of the relationships built among the staff members, inside the family attended and its members and among the staff and the family.This way it can contribute to the family development and to the user social inclusion. The study basis is an experience in a psychiatric hospital and an attitude triangle was designed inside the psychiatric reform principles: ethics, theoric action and reflexive atitude. Conclusions are that questioning concepts as the inability of the psychiatric patient to deal with the world, the family as the main question leading to the disease and its inability to take care of the patient can lead the user to regain his citizenship. Since the psychologist knows the importance of the relations for the building of meaning and due to his capacity of listening to others, his role in the home visiting staff was defined as the forerunner of this relationship change.

Keywords : Home visiting; Attitude triangle; Family development; Social inclusion.

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