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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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NASCIMENTO, Eurípedes Costa do  and  JUSTO, José Sterza. Roamers lives and Alcoholism: a social question. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2000, vol.13, n.3, pp. 529-538. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722000000300020.

The roving phenomenon moved on by personal, social or even economical reasons brings along deep changes in the psychosocial plan. The purpose of this research was to investigate both the reasons that take the roamers to the rupture with the sedentary life and the function that the alcoholism has in this desertion process. Twelve people addicted in alcoholic beverages, lodged from an Assistential Institute in Assis, São Paulo State - Brazil, were interviewed. Afterwards, the interviews were submitted to a contend analysis. The results showed that the parents’ death, the familiar conflicts and the unemployment have been the main reasons for the rupture with the sedentarism. The use of alcohol in the trajectory has been attributed, by the subjects, to the need of forgetting problems, getting more courageous and pacifying remaining conflicts, usually affective conflicts which has the marital infidelity as the epicenter.

Keywords : Alcoholism; roamers; family; marital infidelity.

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