Being a Parent to an Adult Child With Drug Problems : Negative Impacts on Life Situation, Health, and Emotions

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Being a Parent to an Adult Child With Drug Problems : Negative Impacts on Life Situation, Health, and Emotions

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dc.contributor.author Richert, Torkel
dc.contributor.author Johnson, Björn
dc.contributor.author Svensson, Bengt
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-29T07:06:39Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-29T07:06:39Z
dc.date.issued 2018 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 2311-2335 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1552-5481 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/24220
dc.description.abstract This study is about the vulnerability of parents to adult children with drug problems. The study is based on a self-reporting questionnaire (n = 687) distributed to parents in Sweden via family member organizations, treatment centers, and online communities. Most parents reported extensive negative consequences on relationships, social life, and mental health due to their children’s drug problems. Most parents also experienced strong feelings of powerlessness, grief, guilt, and shame. Many parents reported a negative impact on their economy and work ability. In general, fathers claimed to feel less of a negative impact than mothers. A more severe drug problem and life situation for the child was associated with a greater negative impact for the parents. Many parents experienced difficulties in securing adequate help both for their child and for themselves. The study shows the need for increased support efforts for this parent group. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Sage en_US
dc.subject parents en_US
dc.subject adult children en_US
dc.subject drug problems en_US
dc.subject vulnerability en_US
dc.subject family health en_US
dc.subject family burden en_US
dc.subject shame en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Being a Parent to an Adult Child With Drug Problems : Negative Impacts on Life Situation, Health, and Emotions en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0192513X17748695 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Journal of Family Issues;8
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 39
dc.description.authorversion Yes en_US
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