Diversity of Contexts in Drug Use Among Street Adolescents

Diversity of Contexts in Drug Use Among Street Adolescents

Author Moura, Yone Goncalves de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Sanchez, Zila van der Meer Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Noto, Ana Regina Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
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.
Keywords addiction/substance use
America, South
risk, behaviors
vulnerable populations
Language English
Date 2010-09-01
Published in Qualitative Health Research. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications Inc, v. 20, n. 9, p. 1241-1253, 2010.
ISSN 1049-7323 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Sage Publications Inc
Extent 1241-1253
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732310370967
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000280688100008
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/32900

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