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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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PAIVA, Rosa Lucia Soares; ZAMORA, Maria Helena Rodrigues Navas; VILHENA, Junia de  and  SILVA, Sergio Gomes da. Violence, delinquency and antisocial tendency. The experience of treating children victimized by violence in a slum in Rio de Janeiro. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.3, pp. 891-915. ISSN 1808-4281.

Considering our insertion in a social program held in a slum in Rio de Janeiro, this work aims at analyzing the range and limits of our professional action in treating children and teenagers victimized by violence and presenting antisocial demeanor, according to Winnicott's thinking. The project aims at the socialization of children and teenagers victimized by violence through activities such as: circus, playing, fashion creation, dancing and "capoeira" practice, while accompanied by a team of social workers, pedagogues and psychologists. The sessions evidenced several manifestations of violence taking place on children and teenagers´ lives. Two case studies are presented. The conclusion was that, although all the efforts made by the teams, offering a listening and refuge space to those social actors, not all of them were able to find a creative way out to their lives, in face of their psychological suffering. The possibility of constructing and reconstructing was only possible whenever they could find hope within the social program called "Circus", that is, a place, a space or a "good enough continent" to their psychological demands and of their own lives.

Keywords : childhood; violence; antisocial tendency; delinquency; favela (slum).

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