Adolescent drug abuse: helping families survive

Usher, Kim, Jackson, Debra, and O'Brien, Louise (2005) Adolescent drug abuse: helping families survive. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 14 (3). pp. 209-214.

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Drug use and abuse carries risk in people of all ages. However, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to substance misuse. Adolescent drug use continues to be an area of concern with a number of adolescents developing problems associated with the use of various drugs. Negative sequelae associated with adolescent drug use include areas such as schooling, health and family relationships. Difficulties with the legal system, schooling, or within the family are commonly the triggers for recognition of substance misuse problems in a young person. However, problems are usually well established before they are recognised. The challenge of dealing with these problems will fall on families, particularly parents. This is a crisis for families and on-going support is needed if they are to overcome the challenges. Health workers (including nurses) are well positioned to support families who are dealing with adolescent drug problems. In this paper we propose the adoption of a strengths approach as a strategy for developing resilience in families.

Item ID: 669
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0349
Keywords: Adolescent health, Drug use, Family resilience, Family strengths, Family support
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Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111707 Family Care @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920414 Substance Abuse @ 49%
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