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História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos
versão impressa ISSN 0104-5970
MOURA, Renata Heller de e BOARINI, Maria Lucia. Family health through the lens of mental hygiene. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos [online]. 2012, vol.19, n.1, pp. 217-235. ISSN 0104-5970. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-59702012000100012.
The article is meant to stimulate debate about the social and historical determinants that shape the construction of public mental health policy within the context of the Brazilian family. Current policies have emphasized the family as a strategic target of initiatives aimed at social transformation, with the intervention of different actors, including psychologists. An examination of some ideas from the field of mental hygiene suggests that this discourse is nothing new in the history of Brazilian health. While today's times, families, and professionals are different, the search for a solution to the so-called crisis of society still focuses on the individual. The family, as the expression of this individual, has been called upon to assume responsibilities that push society towards 'order' and 'progress' for the Nation.
Palavras-chave : family; mental hygiene; Family Health Program [Family Health Strategy]; public health; mental health.