Shattered dreams: parental experiences of adolescent substance abuse

Usher, Kim, Jackson, Debra, and O'Brien, Louise (2007) Shattered dreams: parental experiences of adolescent substance abuse. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 16 (6). pp. 422-430.

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Drug or substance abuse by adolescents continues to have a major impact on the health and well-being of young people and poses a serious management problem for health workers. While the majority of the problems surrounding adolescent substance abuse rest on the parents, little is actually known about their experiences. This study aimed to describe and construct an interpretation of the lived experiences of parenting an adolescent who abuses illicit substances. A qualitative approach, underpinned by the tenets of phenomenology, was used to conduct in-depth interviews with 18 parents. Thematic analysis revealed eight themes: confronting the lies, deceit, and suspicion; struggling to set limits; dealing with the consequences; living with the blame and the shame; trying to keep the child safe; grieving the child that was; living with the guilt; and choosing self-preservation. The results indicate that parents struggle to manage the problem, are left to deal with the consequences of the behaviour with little support, and are constantly looking for answers to the questions raised by the problem.

Item ID: 2322
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0349
Keywords: adolescent substance abuse; substance abuse; drug abuse; parenting experiences; phenomenology
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2009 22:28
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920414 Substance Abuse @ 100%
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