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Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria

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ANDERSEN, Cristine Scattolin et al. Parents’ relationship and their alcohol consumption as reported by 12 to 14 years old schoolchildren from southern Brazil. J. bras. psiquiatr. [online]. 2016, vol.65, n.1, pp.22-27. ISSN 0047-2085.


To examine the relationship between parents’ relationship and their alcohol consumption as reported by students from 12 to 14 years old.


A cross-sectional school-based study was performed, visiting all schools of two towns in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil (2012), involving a sample stratified by gender, age, municipality and type of school (public or private). Data were submitted to descriptive and Poisson regression analysis with design effect control for the variable school.


The sample consisted of 2,189 students who were 1,351 (61.7%) from the city of Lajeado and 838 (38.3%) from Sapiranga. No statistically significant association between mother’s alcohol consumption and relationship between father and mother perceived as negative was found. Father’s alcohol consumption reduced the likelihood of the relationship between him and the mother being reported as negative in the crude analysis [PR = 0.857 (95%CI: 0.744-0.988)]. This association also disappears when the analysis was adjusted by sex, age and education level of the main responsible in the family house.


There is a risk of strong dissonance between the perception the students have about the influence of adults’ alcohol beverage on the relationships in their homes and speeches aiming to show to schoolchildren that alcohol consumption is harmful to loving relationships and care.

Keywords : Students; alcohol; alcoholic beverages; family relations; family.

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