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Individuals should be offered opportunities for action according to their personal skills and preferential allocation of psychic resources. However, the ultimate goal of intervention has to be the social reintegration of individuals by fostering the cultivation of culturally adaptive activities and life goals. A good application of these theoretical assumptions comes from the work of Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN). This nongovernmental social organization, located in Kathmandu, is involved in socialization and rehabilitation programs for children exposed to labor exploitation, street life, and social and psychological risk factors (CWIN, 1995; Sattaur, 1993).

American intervention, supervised by one of the authors, was focused on the rehabilitation of psychotic patients who had been segregated in the Managua psychiatric hospital for decades. A group of them were treated by means of exposure to environmental challenges; specifically, they were recruited for collective work in coffee plantations. This activity, familiar to most of the participants, represented a traditional cultural skill as well as a collaborative group task. The engagement in the work led to a drastic reduction in drugs and a gradual relocation of the participants in their own families and cultural context (Massimini, Terranova, & Inghilleri, 1985).

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