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Theatre and Mental Health: experiences of Day Hospital users

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Author(s): Edilaine C. Silva Gherardi-Donato | Clarissa Mendonça Corradi-Webster | Gabriela Correa Bragagnollo | Carlos Renato Pinto Ferreira | Matheus Gherardi-Donato

Journal: Saúde & Transformação Social
ISSN 2178-7085

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 121;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: mental health | theater | theater game

ABSTRACT
The objective of this article is to describe the experience of a Theatre Group (TG) in a mental health service from the perspective of the participants. The study used a qualitative approach with semi-hospitalized psychiatric patients who participated in a weekly group based on improvisational theater games. This activity was valuable in enabling the development of healthy repertoires that are usually behind pathological descriptions and behavior. It also created a space for the empowerment and development of individual and relational resources, allowing users from a day hospital to be treated considering the plurality of human beings.
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