Risk behaviors to psychoactive substances use in children and young people in Lisbon

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Objective: To characterize the risk behavior of the psychoactive substances use in a youth population of Lisbon. Method: 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. Results: 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 1/4 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%. Conclusion: 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.
Translated title of the contributionComportamentos de risco relacionado com o consumo de substâncias psicoativas em crianças e jovens da cidade de Lisboa
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-117
Number of pages10
JournalEnfermeria Global
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • Children
  • School
  • Prevention
  • Psychoactive drugs


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