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SANTOS, Rodrigo Ribeiro dos; JUNIOR, Norberto Marques Garrocho; MARTINS, Alberto Mesaque  and  MODENA, Celina Maria. Gender and health practices: singularities of self-care between adolescents. Rev. Psicol. Saúde [online]. 2017, vol.9, n.1, pp. 37-57. ISSN 2177-093X.

This is a descriptive and exploratory study which aimed to understand the genders implications in the health practices and self-care of adolescents and to identify your opinions about the actions offered in Basic Health Units (BHU). It has participated 347 adolescents that were in senior years of their public primary and high school in the Belo Horizonte city, which answered a semi-structured and self-administered questionnaire. The results show the influences of the socialization process and social construction of masculine and feminine identities in self-care practices among the group of teenagers. The boys had reported higher frequency of physical activity and less use of services and actions aimed at health promotion and disease prevention, using more often, the urgent and emergency services. The UBS’structural and organizational and the reception of health agents were identified as weaknesses points which provide a bad approach to the adolescents.

Keywords : adolescence; gender; public health.

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