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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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KODATO, Sergio  and  SILVA, Ana Paula Soares da. Adolescents’ homicide: thinking about some associated factors. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2000, vol.13, n.3, pp. 505-515. ISSN 1678-7153.

This research is an investigation of some factors associated to homicides committed against adolescents, at the city of Ribeirão Preto (SP), in which, during the period of 1995-1998, 101 children and adolescents were killed. The collect and analysis of data were made throughout the association of the following methods: sociographics data enrollment, analysis of taken lawsuits in the local prosecuting counsel; participant observation of the local internment institution, destined to adolescents authors of infraction acts; interview with intern adolescents for homicide acts (n=8). As a result one may state that the life conditions that ends on death of adolescents are product of a synchronization of factors, where, besides the fragility of institutions, one may observe determinants the dispute for appropriation of goods, conflict of financial interests, drug traffic and, a mode of producing of interpersonal relationship, of which resolution of conflictive situation materializes in non mediate and violent ways.

Keywords : Homicide; adolescence; violence; drug traffic.

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