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Revista Polis e Psique

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OTANARI, Thais Mikie de Carvalho  and  BARRIO, Lourdes Rodriguez Del. The Citizen Committee and the participatory path of the GAM research. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2020, vol.10, n.2, pp. 9-32. ISSN 2238-152X.

The article addresses two central issues in the contemporary development of Mental Health research: the inclusion of community knowledge, or experiential knowledge, and the active participation of people in the construction of knowledge. To this end, it analyzes the experience of citizen participation in the project that translated and adapted an instrument that places the individual at the center of the decision making of pharmacological treatment in psychiatry, the GAM (Gaining Autonomy & Medication Management) guide. More specifically, it seeks to understand whether the participatory methodology allows to transform the relations of knowledge-power and what are its implications. Our conclusion is that, through a scientific methodology that includes and values individuals in their differences, participation could change pre-established hierarchical structure, facilitating a context in which the citizens, more empowered and autonomous, have increased their capacity to influence the research practices, contributing to the deconstruction of the socio-historical structure and their situation of exclusion.

Keywords : Participatory Research; Mental Health; Citizen Participation; Autonomous Medication Management (GAM).

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