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RIBEIRO, Marcelo Afonso. Work and madness: career possibilities for the psychotics. Mental [online]. 2009, vol.7, n.12, pp. 97-117. ISSN 1679-4427.

This article analyzes the meanings of work and career for a group traditionally excluded from work (the psychotic) and their strategies for career development difficult to implement. Focus groups were conducted with 30 people with psychotic mental disorders. The main findings pointed out that most participants make a connection between work and health and believe that it is impossible for them to hold a career because of their psychosis; however, some of them work and feel capable of building a career encouraged by the new market diversity. It was concluded that the stigma and difficulty in developing a career still predominate, but the transitional aspect of the world seems to be creating new psychosocial structures more open for the differences.

Keywords : Work; Exclusion; Stigma; Psychosis; Career.

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