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Smith, Lauren . (2017) ESSS Outline. Parental substance misuse and social worker intervention. Glasgow: Iriss. 20 p.

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Parental substance misuse and its effects on children co-exist very often with a variety of other problems, such as poverty, mental health issues and unemployment. These other issues most often cannot be disentangled from the substance misuse. This means that much of the evidence around the impact of parental substance misuse is unable to determine a directly causal relationship between substance misuse and specific impacts on children (i.e. it is not clear whether substance misuse is the main or only reason for negative outcomes). There is a general lack of rigorous evaluation of interventions, which are often short-term pilots without sustainability, and as a result it is extremely difficult to identify which approaches work the best. However, we have identified several studies and reviews of studies that indicate positive outcomes.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:November 2017
Pages:20 p.
Publisher:Iriss
Place of Publication:Glasgow
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Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family structure > Family support
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role > Role of parent
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and substance use > Substance related family problems
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Social services > Services for family and children
T Demographic characteristics > Social worker
T Demographic characteristics > Child of person who uses substances
T Demographic characteristics > Parent
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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