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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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MOURA JR, James Ferreira  and  XIMENES, Verônica Morais. The place of drug use in the identity of a person in situation of street. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.9, n.2, pp. 277-289. ISSN 1983-8220.

This study aims at analyzing the place of drug use and abuse in a person's identity, which are in a street life situation. A qualitative research, starting from the case study of an individual in street life and substance abuse situation, is performed. It analyzes that the beginning of drug use may be related to the poverty reality and family disintegration, as well as it may be one of the causes of the street life situation. However, the use of psychoactive substances is also maintained by discrimination and perverse recognition, developing fetishized identity characters. Alternatives to decrease the abuse and discrimination are also examined. This study highlights the possibility of constructing a metamorphosis identity with the support of families and public policies. Congratulations to the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Level Personnel (CAPES) for the funding.

Keywords : Identity; Homeless; Drug abuse; Poverty; Social discrimination.

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