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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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HENRIQUEZ, Patricia Cid  and  CARVALHO, Ana Maria Pimenta de. Perceptions of drugs benefits and barriers to quit by undergraduate health students. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.spe, pp.621-626. ISSN 1518-8345.

Several studies have exposed the consumption of drugs by undergraduate students in the health area, who are supposed to be examples of behavior and health educators. This descriptive correlation study aimed to relate the benefits of tobacco consumption and barriers to quit according to the perception of undergraduate students. Eighty third-year students, in three different courses, answered a self-applied questionnaire. The studied variables were: consumption conditions, barriers and benefits regarding drug consumption, family and personal characteristics. One-third of the students reported tobacco use; 5% reported the use of marijuana; 15% alcohol and 6% tranquilizers, more than once a month; 18% reported the consumption of tobacco and 13% reported the use of alcohol even before the age of 15. The perceived benefits were: relaxation, pleasure and social acceptance, whereas barriers for quitting were: habituation and addiction. According to the results, promoting self-responsibility of these future health professionals is recommended in their educational context.

Keywords : students; substance related disorders; health; nursing.

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