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Loss and grief process and Occupational Therapy assistance in scalping situations

Author(s): Andreza Mourão Lopes | Victor Augusto Cavaleiro Corrêa

Journal: Cadernos de Terapia Ocupacional
ISSN 0104-4931

Volume: 21;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 313;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Child | Hospitalization | Occupational Therapy

In this research, we aimed to understand the loss and grief process and the occupational therapy assistance to a hospitalized child undergoing a scalping situation. It is a case study of qualitative approach. This survey was carried out with the participation of an 8-year-old female scalping victim. Results revealed that the scalping caused many changes such as loss of hair and parts of the facial skin. The child was hospitalized, staying away from occupational activities such as studying, playing, among others. We observed the expression of feelings such as fear, shame, anxiety and sadness generated by hair loss. Thus, we believe that this research is of high relevance because it allowed contact with a theme so characteristic of northern Brazil, as well as with the perception and clarification about the importance of occupational therapy assistance in providing space for expression and reframing of the doings, giving the opportunity to this child to resume her significant occupational activities.

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