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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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MIRANDA, Rodrigo Lopes; BEGNIS, Juliana Giosa  and  CARVALHO, Alysson Massote. Playing and humanization: evaluating a support program in the pediatric hospitalization. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2010, vol.3, n.2, pp. 160-174. ISSN 1983-8220.

Researches in contexts in which impact in children's life cycle may occur are necessary, for human development is continuous. One of these contexts is the pediatric hospitalization. This paper presents results of a program of theoretical and practical support within the context of pediatric hospitalization, whose focus was playing as an instrument for therapeutic intervention. Sixteen healthcare professionals of a general hospital of a Brazilian capital city have participated in the program. The results of two learning evaluations and one reaction evaluation conducted with the participants are presented. The results suggest that the participants have little knowledge about the potentialities of playing within the context of pediatric hospitalization; furthermore, that they consider it a mere palliative resource in the assistance of hospitalized children. These results demonstrate that there is a lot to be done before the effective implementation and enhancement of playing as an instrument for therapeutic intervention in hospitals.

Keywords : Playing; Human Development; Humanization; Pediatric Health Care.

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