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Psicologia: ciência e profissão

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FREIRE, Francisca Marina de Souza  and  PICHELLI, Ana Alayde Werba Saldanha. Guiding principles to the psychological practice in the basic attention:: pursuing integrality. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.4, pp. 840-853. ISSN 1414-9893.

Interdisciplinarity is one of the main strategies used by the Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS) to provide assistance to the public sector, especially to those that involve primary care. Psychology is related to this context. This study aims to verify which principles serve as guides to the psychologists’ practice in João Pessoa/PB in the services of Health Basic Attention. A number of 17 psychologists, most of them women, with ages that ranged from 23 to 58 years old (M=44; SD=11,8) participated in this research. From the guiding principles of these professionals’ practice, raised by a socio-labor questionnaire, three thematic categories emerged: 1) the principles and guidelines of the SUS, 2) the personal values and 3) the conception of health. Furthermore, as influence conditions, the questions concerning personal and previous work experiences were highlighted. Therefore, a lack of knowledge of these professionals in the face of public policies was verified, in especial what concerned SUS, demanding not only urgent changes in their academic education but also in their political implication in the face of social questions and users.

Keywords : Psychologist performance; Integrality; Primary helth care; Public policies.

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