The resiliency of street children in Brazil

Adolescence. 1999 Winter;34(136):745-51.


This study examined the relationship between social support and the ability of Brazilian adolescents to adapt to life on the streets. Participants included thirty male street children in Rio de Janeiro. These youths, and a comparison group, were 13 to 18 years old. It was hypothesized that street children with more social support would adapt better to life on the streets. It was also hypothesized that street children with higher quality support would adapt better. Findings indicated that neither quantity nor quality of social support was related to adaptation. The implications of these findings with regard to the resiliency of street children are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Body Mass Index
  • Brazil
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Family Relations
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Homeless Youth / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Social Support*
  • Survival*