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BARNETCHE, María Marcela  e  CORNEJO, Lila Susana. The oral component in the representations of the health-disease-care process built by institutionalized youth in the city of Córdoba, Argentina. Odontoestomatología [online]. 2019, vol.21, n.33, pp.14-27.  Epub 01-Jun-2019. ISSN 0797-0374.

Health is a social construction built from different interacting dimensions: biological, environmental and social, which interact with people’s lifestyles, understood in a broader sense, as a result of decisions taken both individually and collectively.


The aim of this research was to know the representations of the health-disease-care process in general and of the oral component in particular held by institutionalized youth housed in socio-educational centers of the Juvenile Criminal Area of the Province of Córdoba, Argentina.


A qualitative study was conducted and the grounded theory methodology applied.

Results and conclusion:

The representations of the health-disease-care process of these youth in confinement include the oral component as part of general health, from experiences of suffering, mainly through physical pain and self-care, but also given its aesthetic importance.

Palavras-chave : adolescents’ integral health; oral health; youth; institutionalization.

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