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Canceraffects a large number of children and adolescents each year, and studies provepossible negative influences on the emotional state during the treatment of thedisease. This study is part of the macro search entitled -HospitalPsychological Assessment Protocol: A Contribution to the care to OncologicPatients-, from which the data were extracted. The main objective of this studywas to identify the emotional disorders in oncologic children and adolescentsin the hospitalization process, through the DHF: Drawing of the Human Figure—DHF. It refersto a cross-sectional descriptive study, with qualitative method, with approachin psychoanalysis. The study included 10 oncohematologic children andadolescents, aged between 5 and 17 years and 11 months in the hospitalizationprocess for cancer treatment in the Hospital Foundation of Hematology of theAmazon—HEMOAM. To obtain preliminary information, we used an Anamnese script inan interview with parents-guardians, after that, it applied the projective psychologicaltest, in a maximum time of 50 minutes. Among the main results identified in theresearch as emotional changes in the hospitalization process, it could behighlighted: hostility, narcissism, depression, preoccupationwith themselves, aggression, insecurity, withdrawal, regression, anxiety and tension. The emotions that were prevalent throughout the period ofhospitalization for chemotherapy were: aggression, insecurity, withdrawal, regression, anxiety and tension. The resourcesused by the child and the adolescent as strategies to tackle the disease were: regression, withdrawal, aggression and hostility. It is concluded thatthe instrument DHF allows psychological assistance which is performed withoutexposing the patient to content that permeates the hospital environment, thusfavoring the therapeutic secrecy without interfering with hospital routine, butadapting to it.

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Psycho-Oncology, Psychological Assessment Playful, Oncologic Children and Adolescents

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Pinheiro, I. , Costa, A. , Rodrigues, D. , Oliveira, N. , Malheiro, A. & Ramos, J. 2015. Hospital Psychological Assessment with the Drawing of the Human Figure: A Contribution to the Care to Oncologic Children and Teenagers. Psychology, 6, 484-500. doi: 10.4236-psych.2015.64046.





Author: Iracema do Vale Pinheiro1*, Allyson Guimarães da Costa1,2, Débora Cristina Bandeira Rodrigues3, Nália de Paula Oliveira4, Adri

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