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Psicologia em Pesquisa

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SILVA, Thaiga Danielle Momberg  and  GARCIA, Marcos Roberto Vieira. Women and madness : the (des) institutionalization and the (re)inventions of the feminine in mental health. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2019, vol.13, n.1, pp. 42-52. ISSN 1982-1247.

TBased on a qualitative research developed through participant observation, open interview and analysis of patients’ records, the article aimed to investigate the specificities of women in the process of deinstitutionalization in the city of Sorocaba / SP, considering how gender issues are articulated with madness. It also sought to understand how the women who currently reside in the Therapeutic Residences Services (SRTs) experience their independence in the face of the marks of institutionalization, taking into account all the historical silencing experienced, which adds to the stigma of the madness attributed to them. The results demonstrated mechanisms of control of sexuality and femininity in the asylum and, also, outside it, which lead to the infantilization and guardianship of the dwellers. From this, we emphasize the need to intersect the discussion of mental health with issues of gender, class and race.

Keywords : Mental health.; Therapeutic Residential Services; Deinstitutionalization; Women.

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