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PEGORARO, Renata Fabiana. Roles assigned to the family in the prodution of madness: some reflections. Bol. - Acad. Paul. Psicol. [online]. 2009, vol.29, n.2, pp. 253-273. ISSN 1415-711X.

This article aims to enroll the conceptions regarding the participation of families in the production / maintenance of madness in different historical moments and to highlight how the presence of families is regarded in Brazilian public services. The study is anchored to the prevailing legislation and on published studies in Brazil. The starting point is the need to isolate the insane / mentally ill from the family in order to be treated at the time of the creation of the first hospitals specialized in psychiatry. The discussion follows with the movements that, over the twentieth century, repositioned the family as an important factor for the attention by the services, especially outside hospitals. The growing number of mental health services in Brazil and the presence of teams formed by various professionals in the care of mental suffering make this review of great interest to professional groups involved, including Psychology. We emphasize the presence of families, nowadays, as a support for the caring of the patient within the community and the need to develop strategies for community-based services to care for the families, not only for the mentally disturbed.

Palavras-chave : Family; Madness; Psychological suffering.

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