Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
Print version ISSN 0102-7972
SANTANA, Juliana Prates; DONINELLI, Thaís Mesquita; FROSI, Raquel Valiente and KOLLER, Sílvia Helena. The street youth and assistance institutions: uses and recognition of objectives. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2005, vol.18, n.1, pp. 134-142. ISSN 0102-7972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722005000100018.
The study aims to identify the meanings of institutional agencies for street youth. Thirteen male adolescents, 12 to 17 years old, were interviewed on the streets. The results revealed that the institutions are extremely important to these youngsters, giving food, clothes, leisure, education, job training and health care to those adolescents. The institutions constitute the social support network of the street youth. The institutional meanings were understood by the use and the given attributions related to their goals, showing the established relation between the adolescent and the institution.
Keywords : Street youth; institutional agencies; social support network.