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DEODATO, Sérgio et al. Risk behaviors to psychoactive substances use in children and young people in Lisbon. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2017, vol.16, n.47, pp.98-127.  Epub July 01, 2017. ISSN 1695-6141.


To characterize the risk behavior of the psychoactive substances use in a youth population of Lisbon.


An observational, descriptive, cross-sectional study. Participants were 113 children and young people who responded to the Portuguese version of the Risk and Health Behavior questionnaire - Youth Risk Behavior Survey.


Participants with regard to age were between 9-13, most attending the 5th grade, living with parents, had good school performance, good relationship with colleagues while ¼ refer problems. When concerned, recourse to the mother, but it is significant the attention of peers. As for the trial of psychoactive substances was found: 9.7% tobacco, 19.5% alcohol, other substances 5.3%.


With regard to risk behavior stands primarily to early alcohol testing. Emerged as protective factors: family relationship and relationship with the school space. This age group may constitute the ideal time for prevention.

Keywords : Children; school; prevention; psychoactive Drugs.

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