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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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GARCIA DE JESUS, María del Carmen  and  FERRIANI, Maria das Graças Carvalho. School as a "protective factor" against drugs: perceptions of adolescents and teachers. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.spe, pp.590-594. ISSN 1518-8345.

This study aims to discover and describe protective factors regarding the use of drugs, according to teachers and students, aged 14 to 15 years, from a Public Secondary School in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico. This is a descriptive and exploratory study. Data collection was carried out through semi-structure interview and non-participative observation with ten students and five teachers. Three themes resulted from data analysis: school and school's environment: the school does not provide a healthy environment; use of drugs: perceived by both the students and teachers in the institution itself; prevention programs: there are health promotion and prevention programs available at the school. According to the students' and teachers' perceptions, the school represents a risk factor.

Keywords : education, primary and secondary; schools; adolescents.

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