Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 55, Issue 7, pp 1186–1193 | Cite as

The Social Support Buffering Effect in the Relationship Between Perceived Stress and Alcohol Use Among Brazilian Women

  • Jacqueline de SouzaEmail author
  • Letícia Yamawaka de Almeida
  • Jordana Luiza Gouvêa de Oliveira
  • Adriana Inocenti Miasso
  • Sandra Cristina Pillon
  • Marciana Fernandes Moll
Original Paper


This cross-sectional study interviewed Brazilian women regularly attending primary care to investigate whether the relationship between social support and alcohol use is direct or is mediated by stress, in order to support the development of recommendations related to health prevention and mental health promotion actions. The results suggest that social support affects the outcome alcohol use in the women studied by buffering the effect of stress. Based on these results, recommendations are made for amplifying the social support network that prevents stress-induced alcohol use.


Alcohol use Primary health care Social support Stress Women 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacqueline de Souza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Letícia Yamawaka de Almeida
    • 2
  • Jordana Luiza Gouvêa de Oliveira
    • 3
  • Adriana Inocenti Miasso
    • 1
  • Sandra Cristina Pillon
    • 1
  • Marciana Fernandes Moll
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatric Nursing and Human Sciences, College of Nursing at Ribeirão Preto, Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research DevelopmentUniversity of São PauloRibeirão PretoBrasil
  2. 2.Postgraduate Program in Psychiatric Nursing, College of Nursing at Ribeirão PretoUniversity of São PauloRibeirão PretoBrasil
  3. 3.College of Nursing at Ribeirão PretoUniversity of São PauloRibeirão PretoBrasil
  4. 4.University of UberabaUberabaBrasil

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