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ERIC Number: EJ918701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 7
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0145-2134
Child Psychiatry Takes to the Streets: A Developmental Partnership between a University Institute and Children and Adolescents from the Streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Scivoletto, Sandra; da Silva, Thiago Fernando; Rosenheck, Robert Alan
Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal, v35 n2 p89-95 Feb 2011
Objective: High levels of domestic violence, mental illness, and alienation from authorities are associated with high incidence of children/adolescents living on the streets in low and middle income countries. The Equilibrium Project (Programa Equilibrio) was created to facilitate social reintegration through a virtual partnership between an academic psychiatric institute and highly vulnerable children and adolescents living on the streets, in group shelter with supervision, and in other high risk situations. Methods: Descriptive presentation of qualitative data and analysis of preliminary empirical data collected over a 24-month period. Results: Dialogue between academic professionals, street children, and city officials shaped The Equilibrium Project over the last 2 years. The program has progressively moved from a professional clinic setting to a community-based but protected activity center with recreational and professional services and an emphasis on linkage with social service agencies, city government and law enforcement officials in an academic research context. A total of 351 patients have been served of whom virtually all were neglected by their parents, 58.4% report physical or sexual abuse, 88.89% have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, 40.4% drug use. After 2 years of operation, 63.5% (n=223) successfully completed or continue in treatment and 34.8% (n=122) were reunited with their families. Conclusions and Practice implications: Program development guided by consumer input led to a successful program offering professional services in a protected community setting that facilitates social reintegration by providing "go between" services integrating relationships between alienated consumers and formal psychiatric, pediatric, social service, and criminal justice systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil