Social relationships in the quotidian of users of a psychosocial care center: a phenomenological study


mental health
mental health services
psychosocial support systems


This study aimed to understand the daily life of users of a Psychosocial Care Center. It is a qualitative research, which follows the theoretical and methodological references from Alfred Schutz’s phenomenological sociology. Field study was a Psychosocial Care Center in Porto Alegre City, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. Data collection had occurred between April and June 2008, with phenomenological interviews with 13 service users. From comprehensive data analysis, it emerged information about users’ social relationships. Thus, with this study it is possible to understand the diversity of social relationships users have in the world of daily life, which can be expanded if they are included in different spaces of society.