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SOUZA, Rosa Cristina Ferreira de  e  INACIO, Amábille das Neves. Inside the shelter walls: understanding the institutionalization process of elderlies sheltered. Pesqui. prát. psicossociais [online]. 2017, vol.12, n.1, pp. 209-223. ISSN 1809-8908.

In this study we searched understand the institutionalization process of sheltered elderlies in a town in Southern Santa Catarina, under the Social Psychology perspective. Regarding to the method, the research had qualitative approach in a case study. For data collection we used participating observation on the institutional dynamics and semi structured interviews with five residents. The data were analyzed through the Content Analysis technique. It was possible notice that institutionalization produces negative effects - mortification of the self and disciplining - on elderlies' identity/body dimensions. These effects are intensified according as the length of stay in the institution is extended. These comprehensions are traduced in necessities to re-think the perspectives and practices on the Elderly Institutions for long length in order to change these spaces in a positive way and offer a care that promote biopsychosocial welfare to institutionalized elderlies.

Palavras-chave : shelter; elderlies; institutionalization; social psychology.

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