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OLIVEIRA, Adélia Augusta Souto de  and  BASTOS, Juliano Almeida. Epistemological assumptions of mental health and work in brazilian theses. Mental [online]. 2017, vol.11, n.20, pp. 152-175. ISSN 1679-4427.

The present study carried out a qualitative research of the bibliographical type using the meta-synthesis method. The objective was to know and analyze the epistemological assumptions that underpin the theses developed in the area of Mental health and work within the Brazilian postgraduate education. It was developed in five phases: Exploration, Refinement, Crossing, Description and Analysis. The analysis of 16 theses consolidates the meta-synthesis and shows the following results: the Mental Health and Work area of knowledge is based on the epistemological presuppositions on the field of Occupational Health. It is observed, however, a hybridism of concepts with political and ideological implications. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate and take a political position. Otherwise, the misuse of concepts can be interpreted as an epistemological inconsistency, in other words, they express a posture, but assume other, in the opposite direction. They mask, therefore, an implicit political positioning in the research. It is because the field of Occupational Health underpins the scientific production Mental Health and Work area that this epistemological coherence is essential to the success in investigative processes and, consequently, the results presented by this area of knowledge.

Keywords : mental health and work; knowledge; meta-synthesis; brazilian theses.

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