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Revista Colombiana de Psicología

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FAUNDEZ ABARCA, XIMENA; AZCARRAGA GATICA, BÁRBARA; BENAVENTE MORALES, CAROLINA  and  CARDENAS CASTRO, MANUEL. Forced Disappearance of Persons Forty Years after the Coup in Chile: an Approach to the Family Dimension. Rev. colomb. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.27, n.1, pp.85-103. ISSN 0121-5469.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rcp.v27n1.63908.

This article analyzes the recollections of detained and disappeared relatives of 19 women from the Association for Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared. Testimony was collected using group reflective interviews, with an analysis of the verbal data. The main results indicate that the family memories transmitted trans-generationally are of high intensity and affectivity, constituting a post-memory (Hirsch, 1998). The recollections of the victim's relatives also work against negation and impunity of the disappearance of the detained relative. This study contributes to the development of policies for memory which permit the social recognition of the family history of the victims of State terrorism. Both the theoretical-methodological proposal and the results obtained in this study indicate pathways to new lines of research oriented to the understanding of inter-generational transmission of traumatic experiences.

Keywords : civilian-military dictatorship; forced disappearance; memory; testimony; trans-generational transmission.

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