Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
JEOLAS, Leila Sollberger and FERRARI, Rosângela Aparecida Pimenta. Workshops on prevention for adolescents in a health service unit: a space for reflection and shared knowledge. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2003, vol.8, n.2, pp. 611-620. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232003000200021.
This study analyzes the results and limits of a university extension project carried out in a public health service unit giving assistance to adolescents. The project developed through the participative methodology, involved students and professionals from the fields of health and human sciences. It is justified by the increase in the indexes of non-planned pregnancy amongst young girls, in the indexes of infection by STD and Aids, and drug use. The low number of programs turned to adolescents and the lack of a national project of sexual orientation in the schools increase the social-cultural vulnerability of young people. The workshops on prevention made it possible for a better interaction between professionals and adolescents, besides representing a space for reflection about sexuality-related subjects, hardly ever discussed within the family or at school. The workshops are presented, therefore, as effective tools in the prevention as well as in the promotion of health, and may be carried out in the health services by interdisciplinary teams.
Keywords : Adolescence; Workshops on prevention; Vulnerability.