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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. 85-108.

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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:Article
Date:2006
Page Range:pp. 85-108
Publisher:The International Child and Youth Care Network
Volume:7
Number:1
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role > Role of parent
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Social services
VA Geographic area > Europe > Northern Ireland
T Demographic characteristics > Child of person who uses substances
T Demographic characteristics > Parent
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Parent-child relations

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