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ALVES-SILVA, Junia Denise  and  SCORSOLINI-COMIN, Fabio. Families may (themselves) become ill: an integrative review of the scientific literature. Vínculo [online]. 2019, vol.16, n.2, pp.23-43. ISSN 1806-2490.

An important path of psychic transmission lies in the health-disease processes that cross the generations. Thus, the purpose of this integrative review was to understand how the conjugal and family patterns related to illness among different generations are transmitted. From systematic searches in the databases/libraries MEDLINE, LILACS, SciELO, PsycINFO and PePSIC between 2007 and 2017, 35 studies were restored. It is observed a predominance of quantitative articles (57.1%), written in English (60%) and carried out in Brazil (48.6%). The recovered literature illustrates the repetition of events related to the illness and the re-visualization of unexplained suffering in family history from studies that discuss topics transgenerationally transmitted, such as violence, incest, smoking, chemical dependence, eating disorders, obesity, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. Understanding how these illnesses cross different generations can be useful in outlining mental health actions centered on family histories and available in groups.

Keywords : family; family dynamics; intergenerational relations; Health-disease process.

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