The influence of friendships on adolescent’s behavior and health

Eloisa da Fonseca Rodrigues, Giovana Calcagno Gomes, Luciano Garcia Lorenção, Simone Quadros Alvarez, Aline Campelo Pintanel, Juliane Portella Ribeiro

Abstract


Objective: To identify how adolescents interpret and react to their friendly relationships and what are their repercussions on welfare and health at this life stage. Method: This is a cross-sectional study with a qualitative, exploratory and descriptive approach conducted from June to July 2019. The research setting was a school located in a town in the extreme south of the Rio Grande do Sul State, which is dedicated to offering pre-professional courses to adolescent students in situations of social, economic and environmental vulnerability. Results: This study was attended by 30 adolescents. After analyzing the topics originated in the interviews, we raised the following categories: Healthy friendship relationships that promote affection and empathy; Trust: the need for a safe basis in interactions and dysfunctional friendships: a risk for adolescent’s health. Final Considerations: Interpersonal relationships during adolescence are permeated with singularities and nuances, where individuals are more sensitive to criticism and disapproval by their peers. Negative attitudes of rejection and neglect have the character of greater exposure to behaviors that greatly undermine their healthy development.


Keywords


Adolescent; Adolescent Behavior; Health; Nursing

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