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KHATER, Eduardo  and  YOSHIDA, Elisa Médici Pizão. Development of a customized dictionary of the therapeutic Cycles Model (TCM) for adolescents in conflict with the law. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2011, vol.13, n.2, pp.168-181. ISSN 1516-3687.

The aim of this study was to develop a customized dictionary for applying the therapeutic Cycles Model (TCM) to interviews of adolescents in conflict with the law. TCM allows computer text analysis to identify key moments of a psychotherapeutic process or a narrative with emotional and cognitive content. Analyses are carried out through a software (CM), based on word lists with emotional and abstraction tone, called narrative style dictionaries. To the development of customized dictionaries, word lists were collected from rap lyrics, interviews with adolescents in conflict with the law (n = 5), slangs, and colloquial expressions. Analyses of interviews with the participants using the customized dictionaries and compared to TCM standard dictionaries suggest the standard dictionaries are able to identify important themes with regard to emotional issues, however, the customized dictionaries allow an analytical refinement as well as a more accurate identification of key moments in the speech of participants.

Keywords : software; computer applications; psychological evaluation; psychotherapy; change.

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