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CAMPOS, Antônia do Carmo Soares, CARDOSO, Maria Vera Lúcia Moreira Leitão and SOUSA, Rosiléa Alves de. Experiencing an encounter group with mothers of interned newborns. In Proceedings of the 8. Brazilian Nursing Communication Symposium, 2002, San Pablo (SP, Brazil) [online]. 2002 [cited 12 June 2024]. Available from: <http://www.proceedings.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=MSC0000000052002000100033&lng=en&nrm=iso> .

This study is based on the "encounter group" of Carl Rogers (1994) and was realized with a group of ten mothers of newborn babies (RN's) of high and medium risk interned in Neonate Wards (UIN) of the Maternity School Assis Chateaubriand (MEAC) in Fortaleza-CE. The aim was to allow for the mothers' interpersonal relationships and to propitiate a homelike atmosphere where experiences of a similar situation can be shared. Data were collected from November 12 to 14, 2001, when the encounter groups were held with a duration from 45 to 60 minutes. The stories showed that the mothers feel unhappy about being separated from their babies and that the mother’s discharge from hospital is a cause of great distress. It was concluded that the group arises as an opportunity for free expression.

Keywords : neonatology; encounter group; humanistic theory.

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