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Drug Abuse And Parenting: The Impact on Young Children in The Social Care System in Northern Ireland

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Cousins, Wendy and Milner, Sharon (2006) Drug Abuse And Parenting: The Impact on Young Children in The Social Care System in Northern Ireland. Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies, 7 (1). pp. 95-108. [Journal article]

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In recent years drug abuse has been recognised as a growing problem in Northern Ireland. The following article examines the family backgrounds of a group of young children (n=388) who were looked-after by social services and looks specifically at a group (n=162) whose family lives have involved adults who misuse drugs. Children from drug-abusing families did not show greater levels of recorded abuse or neglect than the other children in this ‘looked after’ population, nor were they more likely to stay within the care system. However, the prevalence of heroin and cocaine use in this population was extremely small. Drug abuse in this population was found to be significantly associated with alcohol abuse, mental health problems and offending behaviour within the family. There was evidence of a reduction in drug abuse within families over a two year period of social work involvement.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Drug Abuse, Parenting, Children, Child and Family Social Work
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:5727
Deposited By:Dr Wendy Cousins
Deposited On:27 Jan 2010 16:12
Last Modified:23 Jul 2012 15:19

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