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Factors associated with institutionalization: perspectives for children who suffered domestic violence

This is a qualitative study aimed to understand the factors associated with institutionalization of children who suffered domestic violence. It was carried out in two institutions for shelter in Southern Brazil in June and July, 2008. The creative sensitive method was chose for data production and involved two dynamics of creativity and sensibility: playing on stage and body knowledge with 4 school age children. The data were submitted to French discourse analysis. The results pointed out as factors associated to institutionalization: mother's mental disorders and alcohol abuse and aggression. We believe that the reconnaissance of the factors associated with domestic violence makes possible a preventive work, minimizing its deleterious effects to family as a whole. In this way, caring must be directed not only to the children whom suffered domestic violence but also to their families involving victims and aggressors.

Domestic violence; Child, institutionalized; Alcoholism; Mental disorders

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