Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa
Print version ISSN 0102-3772
COUTINHO, Maria José and SANI, Ana Isabel. Shelter home: a solution or a problem?. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.4, pp. 633-641. ISSN 0102-3772. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-37722010000400007.
This article presents a qualitative study that analyses the psychological adjustment of nine children in a shelter home in the light of the meaning attributed to the sheltering experience. From the analysis done with the software NUD*IST five key constructs related to the sheltering experience emerged: integration/overcoming, support, responsibility, discipline and security. The results strengthen the belief that the psychological adjustment of children is complex and highly determined by constructed meanings. The shelter homes offer the possibility to minimize the negative effects in children.
Keywords : children; interparental violence; representations; shelters.