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REMHU: Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana

Print version ISSN 1980-8585On-line version ISSN 2237-9843

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DANTAS, Sylvia. Migration, mental health prevention, digital media. REMHU, Rev. Interdiscip. Mobil. Hum. [online]. 2016, vol.24, n.46, pp.143-157. ISSN 2237-9843.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1980-85852503880004610.

The purpose of the present article is to argue for the preventive mental health role of psychological counseling and psychotherapy through technological mediation. It is based on research intervention carried on at two Brazilian universities. We have discovered the great benefit such technology may have on migration. Through study cases of Brazilians who were assisted through our research it is suggested that technology plays the role of a transitional object, in psychoanalytic terms, for those who move from one place to another in the world. Therefore, we argue that technology may be a tool of welfare promotion to those in mobility. In a world in which paradoxically as technology is improved its use in great measure has lead to increase social inequality including demonstrations of prejudice and xenophobia. In this article we indicate the use of technology as a measure of human rights in providing access to a dignified and meaningful life wherever one is.

Keywords : intercultural counseling; technology; mental health prevention.

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