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Title: Diversity of Contexts in Drug Use Among Street Adolescents
Authors: Moura, Yone Goncalves de [UNIFESP]
Sanchez, Zila van der Meer [UNIFESP]
Noto, Ana Regina [UNIFESP]
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Keywords: addiction/substance use
America, South
risk, behaviors
vulnerable populations
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2010
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Citation: Qualitative Health Research. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications Inc, v. 20, n. 9, p. 1241-1253, 2010.
Abstract: In this study we aimed to investigate through ethnographic methods the different contexts of drug use by street adolescents in São Paulo, Brazil. Participant observations and semistructured interviews were performed at 11 major points of adolescent concentration in the streets of the city and in 10 care institutions. the sample was composed of 17 adolescents between 12 and 17 years of age. Data showed diverse patterns of drug use distributed by geographic situation and street circumstances. Observations were grouped into three main contexts: (a) immersion: greater intensity of drug use associated with greater involvement in the street culture; (b) surface: less drug use associated with family closeness; and (c) alternative-migratory: greater involvement with drug trafficking and prostitution associated with less family closeness and street culture. the drug use patterns varied in accordance with the diversity of street situations. Therefore, the peculiarities of each context should be taken into consideration in the development of social/health policies.
ISSN: 1049-7323
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