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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Body Image In Educational Actions In Self-care For People Who Had Leprosy [a Imagem Corporal Nas Ações Educativas: Em Autocuidado Para Pessoas Que Tiveram Hanseníase]
Author: Batista T.V.G.
Vieira C.S.C.A.
de Paula M.A.B.
Abstract: Physical impairment caused by leprosy are agreed in the National Plan for Leprosy Control and are considered a serious public health problem. In order to prevent the advance of disabilities, the Ministry of Health proposes educational actions in self-care. However, despite the emphatic importance of performing self-care, we observe non-adherence of patients to the program, which may be explained, among other reasons, by the destruction of their body image and the stigma arising from the social representations of the "leprous" body. Thus, we believe in the importance of increasing the technicist discourse in educational actions in self-care, considering body image as an important aspect in the treatment strategies of the disease. We aim to meet the body image of people who had leprosy and developed disabilities. For this, we applied the psychological test Human Figure Drawing (HFD), with emphasis on interpretive analysis of the hands and feet, the most affected by leprosy, in five women registered and monitored by the Self-Care Program in Leprosy, in a Regional Outpatient Clinic in the district of Vale do Paraíba Paulista. The test was conducted from March to December 2009. Results revealed the inclusion or disfigurement of hands and feet. There is a lack of integration between these regions and awareness, causing disruption of body image, which may result from both loss of cutaneous sensibility and the resulting deformity disease. It is inferred that this disruption of body image hinders adherence to self-care and socialization of these people, increasing the stigma of leprosy.
Editor: Institute de Medicina Social da UERJ
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0103-73312014000100006
Date Issue: 2014
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