Urban violence and mental health: first person narratives

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Abstract

The article presents a qualitative study about the theme of urban violence and mental health through the narratives of patients of a family clinic located in a very violent area. The Narrative Medicine methodology was used, and three patients from the family clinic were interviewed, selected for their request for mental health care and intense experience with violence. The narratives are analyzed, recorded, and pointed the elements that may indicate the harms provided by the violent experience to the mental health of the interviewees, namely trauma, affective “deterritorialization”, prolongation of mourning, and intervention of the power of violence codes in subjective and identity autonomy.

Keywords:
urban violence; mental health; narratives

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