Awkward bodies, but not forgotten: representations of women and men about their wounded bodies

Evanilda Souza de Santana Carvalho Mirian Santos Paiva Elena Casado Aparício About the authors

In this qualitative study, which aimed to capture and analyze the representations of the body injured, it were collected, through in-depth interviews, the discourses of eighteen adults, with chronic wounds, users of an outpatient service of a public hospital in the city of Salvador-BA, that cares of wounded individuals. From the analysis of the statements, through Thematic Content Analysis, emerged the following categories, related to the wounded body: It is a strange that promotes suffering; It is constantly watched; It is rejected; It is a prisoner; It is vulnerable to violence; It requires special care, and It is a body in grief. Such representations are anchored in negative images and suffering, and reveal that, very different from the idealized body, the wounded body promotes mixed feelings and self-deprecating. The results showed that people with chronic wounds consider their own bodies as awkward; they experience negative feelings about their image, and mobilize alternatives for self-care and personal presentation, distinct from those activated before chronic state.

Chronic Disease; Human Body; Body Image; Holistic Nursing


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