Crack in the family's context: a phenomenological approach

The aim of this study is to know the meaning, for the family, of the daily contact with a member user of crack. This is a qualitative, descriptive and phenomenological study, whose empirical data collection was based on phenomenological interviews with two families of crack dependents in a Psychosocial Care Center on Alcohol and other Drugs. The analysis and categorization of experiential descriptions sued in the light of analytical of ambiguity, based on the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. As a result, three categories emerged - Overload care: demonstration of love and suffering; Mishaps and fantasies of crack user: between doubt and certainty; and The endless shadow of crack in the light of healing by faith. The study presents a new perspective on the use of crack in family context, through intersubjective perception, revealing the ambiguities, which opens possibilities to unveil the experience of another.

Crack; Family; Family relations; Philosophy; nursing


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