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ROHDE, Luís A. et al. The impact of living on the streets on latency children's friendships. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1998, vol.32, n.3, pp.273-280. ISSN 1518-8787.

OBJECTIVE: This is a study to evaluate friendships in latency street boys of Porto Alegre, RGS, Brazil. METHODS: A sample of 30 latency street boys was compared with a sample of 51 latency boys living with their low income families, using the Cornell Interview of Peers and Friends (CIPF). RESULTS: The two groups had a significantly different CIPF global scores, and the boys of the street group had the highest mean score. Also, boys of the street had significantly lower developmental appropriateness, self-esteem and social skills scores than boys living with a family. CONCLUSIONS: The urgent need for intervention street children, especially on boys of the street, is emphasized.

Keywords : Homeless youth [psychology]; Family; Interpersonal relations; Menores de rua [psicologia]; Família; Relações interpessoais.

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