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BERNARDY, Catia Campaner Ferrari  and  OLIVEIRA, Magda Lúcia Félix de. The role of family relationships in the initiation of street drug abuse by institutionalized youths. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2010, vol.44, n.1, pp.11-17. ISSN 0080-6234.

The objective of this study was to analyze the role of family relationships in the initiation of streetdrug abuse by youths, meeting social-educational measures, considering the severity of the problems that drug abuse brought to the youths and their families. This descriptive, cross-sectional study used a case series design and was developed in the cities of Rolândia and Cambé (Brazil), at the Vida Nova Halfway House, with institutionalized youths and their parents or responsible adults in March 2007. Data was collected from institutional records and the instruments used were two interview forms. Data comparison was performed for analysis, according to the content analysis technique. Eleven families were studied. Signs of negligence and abandonment, physical abuse, lack of family dialogue, and especially a culture of drug use in the family environment determined the initiation of street-drug abuse.

Keywords : Family relations; Street drugs; Adolescent, institutionalized.

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