OS RETRATOS DE FAMÍLIA DA CRIANÇA DOWN E SEU SIGNIFICADO NA PERSPECTIVA DAS MÃES

THE PORTRAITS OF THE FAMILY OF THE CHILD WHO HAS DOWN’S SYNDROME AND ITS MEANING IN THE MOTHER’S PERSPECTIVE

Maria José de SOUZA; Vilma de CARVALHO

ABSTRACT: In this research we have the purpose of learning about the problems experienced by the family who has a child with Down’s Syndrome. From the responses of twenty mothers using creativity and sensibility dynamics, as well as a semi-structured interview, the social players described their representations concerning the family and its interaction. Based on the meaning assigned to the figures, the colors and the sentences which were present in the pictograms, we elaborated our discussion about the different family configurations which may serve as a basis to the practice of the professionals who work with these clients.

KEYWORDS: Down’s Syndrome; social representations; family interaction

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