Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría
Print version ISSN 0034-7450
ROJAS RODRIGUEZ, Marcela. Group Therapy with Victims of Child Abuse in a Shelter of Mexico City. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2007, vol.36, n.3, pp. 411-428. ISSN 0034-7450.
Introduction: In this article a short group intervention directed to children who had suffered maltreatment and abuse and lived in a shelter in Mexico D. F. is presented. The intervention had a psychoanalytic approach and had the objective of reducing the suffering and promoting actions so that the children did not repeat their history of abuse. Method: It was practiced 11 sessions and after a qualitative analysis according to objectives. Results and Conclusions: By means of a qualitative analysis of the intervention it was found that the suffering caused by staying in foster care decreased and was symbolized. The children conceived rules in a new way and had the opportunity to create respectful relationships. In this manner, the intervention promoted ways for the children to avoid being victims again and perpetuating the abuse.
Keywords : Child abuse; group psychotherapy; institutionalization.