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PIMENTEL, Giuliano Gomes de Assis; OLIVEIRA, Edna Regina Netto de  and  PASTOR, Aparecida Paulina. Significance of corporal practices in treating chemical dependence. Interface (Botucatu) [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.24, pp.61-71. ISSN 1414-3283.

The aim of this study was to analyze the social representations of women with chemical dependence, regarding the contribution of corporal practices towards their process of recovery and reintegration into society. Fourteen women hospitalized in a treatment institution were interviewed and observed in relation to their participation in a corporal practice program, systematized in the form of games and exercises. Their words and practices showed contradictions between feelings, justifications and perspectives with regard to the use of their own bodies. Based on these results, it was sought to understand how the social conditions of their lives mediated the way these women organized themselves to benefit their health.

Keywords : Body; Health; Chemical dependence; Corporal practice; Physical Education.

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