Family Relationships Of A Crack Cocaine-Using Pregnant Women In A Brazilian Northeastern City

  • July Grassiely de Oliveira Branco
  • Juliana Guimarães e Silva
  • Aline Veras Morais Brilhante University of Fortaleza
  • Antonio Dean Barbosa Marques
  • Raimunda Magalhães da Silva University of Fortaleza
  • Maria Vieira de Lima Saintrain
  • José Manuel Peixoto Caldas
  • Francisca Lucélia Ribeiro de Farias
  • Ana Maria Fontenele Catrib
  • Aline de Souza Pereira
  • Luana Feitosa Mourão
  • Christina Cesar Praça Brasil
  • Luiza Jane Eyre de Souza Vieira


Background: This article aims to describe family relationships of a crack cocaine-using pregnant woman through a genogram.

Methods: A qualitative case study was carried out, in which semi-structured interviews were applied with the selected pregnant woman, three relatives and one health professional. The interviews were analysed using thematic content analysis and the results favored the construction of a genogram.

Results: The results show a nuclear family formed by slum dwellers, with too close emotional relationships among some of the members; at the same time, the existence of fragile relationships are also highlighted, but the abuse of crack cocaine was not enough to change them, Drug use changed her trajectory to move through the health system.

Conclusion: There is a need to raise awareness among health professionals about the care and monitoring of psychoactive substance users, in order to overcome barriers to access and improve the understanding about their family relations. 

Nov 5, 2016
How to Cite
BRANCO, July Grassiely de Oliveira et al. Family Relationships Of A Crack Cocaine-Using Pregnant Women In A Brazilian Northeastern City. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, nov. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 sep. 2021. doi:
Psychiatry & Mental Health


crack cocaine, pregnancy, family, public health, mental health.