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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

versão impressa ISSN 0034-7450


RODRIGUEZ G, Alfonso; RODRIGUEZ E, Gilma  e  ROLDAN R, Lucía. Violence in the Word: Narratives of Mothers Trapped in Their Social Networks. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2007, vol.36, n.4, pp.643-663. ISSN 0034-7450.

Objective: To carry out a descriptive and analytical study on the imaginaries of pregnant women in precarious and violent conditions, concerning their perception on pregnancy, and their intra and extrafamily networks, basing this study on their usual speech. Methodology: Survey applied to 350 pregnant women from the “Gestating familyhealthy baby” Program of the Administrative Department of Social Welfare at Usaquén (Bogotá), with a one-year monitoring period (six month during pregnancy and six month during the nursing stage), based on the detailed speech analysis of the interviews with 50 women. Results: Most of the interviewed women belong to extensive, hierarchical families, with rigid dynamics and monotonous practices; their values are imposed by the family group (parents or couple) and they have ambiguous relationship with institutions. 44% of them did not use any birth control method, and 52% would not use it after the labor. 92% of the women are not house owners, and the majority of them manage relationships of dependence. More than 50% suspended their studies due to pregnancy and 75% do not work. Conclusions: The evaluated population requires greater support in order to promote its autonomy in making decisions about topics like sexuality, education, house ownership, birth control, and, in general, exercising their civil rights.

Palavras-chave : Social networks; systems; violence speech; maternity; pregnancy; breeding.

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