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Subjetividad y procesos cognitivos

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Abstract

PEDROSO, Flening Salvador; FURTADO, Eliana; ALVES DOS SANTOS, Karen  and  DANESI, Marlene Canarin. Social representations of caregivers of children and adolescents suffering from hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Subj. procesos cogn. [online]. 2012, vol.16, n.1, pp. 135-147. ISSN 1852-7310.

The objective of this study was to determine the social representations of parents and/or caregivers of children and/or adolescents suffering from hemiplegic cerebral palsy, based on the Evaluation Scale of Family Involvement, applied to patients on rehabilitation as well as on a protocol enclosing open and closed questions. The quantitative analysis was performed through descriptive statistics and the qualitative one through content analysis. Twenty four children and/or adolescents as well as their caregivers were evaluated. The caregivers are women of low income, scant education or professional training. The social representations of these caregivers regarding motor performance, school and social involvement of these children are invested by expectations of normal patterns and ambiguous feelings concerning the rehabilitation process.

Keywords : Social representations; Caregivers; Hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

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