Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

MARZO 2016 N° 2 Volumen 19

Translating adolescent corporality. A clinical case

Section: Health and quality of life

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Santamaría Sanz I. Traduciendo la corporalidad adolescente. Caso clínico. Metas Enferm mar 2016; 19(2): 6-11.


Itxaso Santamaría Sanz


Enfermera especialista en Salud Mental. Centros Territoriales para la Atención Educativa Hospitalaria, Domiciliaria y Terapéutico-Educativa (CAHDTE) de Euskadi. Unidad Terapéutico Educativa de Ortuella

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Itxaso Santamaría Sanz. Avda. del Minero, 9. 48530 Ortuella (Bizkaia)


The purpose of this article is, on one hand, to describe a clinical case which represents a major contribution to the knowledge of the disease process in an adolescent girl with severe mental disorder, and on the other hand, to explain Mental Health nursing methodology in programs as particular and specific as Educational Therapeutic Units.
A 15-year-old female adolescent is referred to the Educational Therapeutic Unit (ETU) with the aim of achieving a higher clinical stabilization and preventing frequent relapses into the act she conducts, as well as trying to make her return to educational dynamics. She has a diagnosis of unspecified eating disorder (F50.9) and borderline personality disorder (F60.3).
The sick bodies of those adolescents who suffer severe mental disorders will become in many cases the link that sustains their relationship with nurses, because this is the only possible link in patients with a low level of awareness.


Mental Health; adolescence; severe mental disorder; corporality; clinical case

Versión en Español


Traduciendo la corporalidad adolescente. Caso clínico