ERIC Number: ED430195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Gender Differences in the Family Situation of Brazilian Street Youth.
Raffaelli, M.; Koller, S. H.; Reppold, C.; Kuschick, M.; Krum, F.; Bandeira, D.; Simoes, C.
The goal of this analysis was to examine gender differences in the experiences of children and adolescents found on city streets. It has been proposed that girls who leave home to seek their survival on city streets are from more disturbed families than boys, reflecting cultural factors that result in differential norms for male and female behavior. Although boys and girls may share the common condition of being "on the streets," they may be on distinct developmental trajectories, with girls more likely to exhibit stress than boys. The current analysis examined whether male and female street youth living in a large Brazilian city differ in their family situation and in their adjustment to the street. Some family variables differed for females and males in ways predicted by the cultural hypothesis. However, examination of current functioning did not support the view that girls are more distressed than boys on the street. Furthermore, boys and girls did not differ dramatically on most variables measured in this study, suggesting that their experiences have much in common. (Contains five tables.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil