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Children´s experiences of the role of the other parent when one parent has addiction problems
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Livslopp och välfärd)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0462-805X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: Knut2591
2017 (English)In: Drugs: education prevention and policy, ISSN 0968-7637, E-ISSN 1465-3370, Vol. 24, no 1, 32-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper concerns children's and young people's accounts about the situation when one parent is misusing substances but the other parent is not. Earlier research on the other parent is scarce and fragmented. The aim of the paper is to discuss the role of the other parent from a child perspective. The results are based on qualitative analysis of interviews with 23 children who had one parent who misused substances while the other parent, according to public knowledge, did not. The main finding is that the other parent is a source of support, help and protection to some children, but difficulties may reduce the other parent's ability to protect the children. Moreover, the challenges differ in the situations before and after the parents' separation. The conclusion underlines the importance of taking a family perspective, working with the whole family and seeking solutions that take into account all persons of importance to the children's welfare. It cannot be taken for granted that the other parent is able to protect the children. A careful assessment of the children's living conditions is warranted and that assessment should include listening to the children.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 24, no 1, 32-39 p.
Keyword [en]
Substance misuse, harm to other, children as carers, the other parent, family problems
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Social Sciences
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304473DOI: 10.1080/09687637.2016.1218824ISI: 000392731200006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304473DiVA: diva2:1032987
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International Symposium on Harm to Others, Helsinki, FINLAND, SEP, 2015
Available from: 2016-10-05 Created: 2016-10-05 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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