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Meaning construction about the fathers participation in the treatment of their daughters with the diagnostic of eating disorders

Grant number: 09/04791-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2010
Effective date (End): March 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Psychological Treatment and Prevention
Principal Investigator:Manoel Antônio dos Santos
Grantee:Carolina Mota Gala
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


The number of people diagnosed with eating disorders has increased significantly today. An examination of the scientific literature indicates that this kind of "illness" has a number of implications both for patients and for their families, reaching the psychological, physical and social, compromising the quality of life of these people. However, the involvement of the family in the context of treatment remains a critical dimension. Most escorts these "patients" are mothers, which may be related to the social construction of the role of the mother as the main responsible for the care of children. The traditional role of the father tends to be reserved for the family provider as well as being seen as an authority figure and someone who presents himself as emotionally distant children, since they can not show their emotions openly. From the clinical experience of a specialized service, in which the number of parents who participate in the monitoring of the daughters is restricted, and considering the lack of studies that focus on parent involvement in the context of assistance to eating disorders, the present study is to investigate the meanings that the parents of those diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia nervosa build on their participation in treatment. Therefore, this qualitative study will be used as the prospect Social Constructionist theoretical and methodological framework. Within this frame, the data will be collected through the completion of two groups: a first group with participants who already attend the clinic, whether mothers or fathers, in order to reflect with them the possibilities of parents who do not attend the service if feel invited to do so; later, a second group will consist, in which we will try to bring the conversation just parents who do not normally attend the follow-up of children. Choosing this format research aims at opening a space of acceptance and negotiation of various senses about being a father, about being the parent of a child with an eating disorder and the expansion of opportunities for participation in the treatment of excluded actors, favoring the inclusion of new shares and other voices from the interaction set. The groups will be taped with the consent of employees and transcribed verbatim and in full. The results will be made according to the adopted methodological approach, seeking the one hand, the recognition of the themes present in social discourses and conversations generated on the group space and on the other, the senses, and placements narratives constructed in interaction. It is hoped that the results can help health care professionals to enhance their practical assistance, using for that the contribution of knowledge built by these parents, who may also reframe their role in the context of the treatment of their children.

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GALA, Carolina Mota. Construction of meanings about the father\'s participation in the treatment of daughters diagnosed with eating disorders. 2012. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (PCARP/BC) Ribeirão Preto.

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