Drug abusers perceptions of their parents.

Schweitzer, Robert & Lawton, Patricia (1989) Drug abusers perceptions of their parents. British Journal of Addiction, 84(3), pp. 309-314.

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Many clinicians in the area of drug addiction believe that emotional problems arise from particular styles of parenting. To investigate this link, 63 young male and female addicts who had sought treatment completed the Parental Bonding Instrument which tapped their perceptions of their relationship with each parent. Addicts reported early parental experiences differing from those of a control group. Drug abusers judged their parents as cold, indifferent, controlling and intrusive. In addition, these perceptions were shared by male and female addicts. These results, together with previous research suggest that these perceptions might well point to a general risk factor for the development of a broad range of psychological and psychiatric disorders. In addition, the issue of family factors in the design and implementation of drug treatment programs needs to be addressed.

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ID Code: 56137
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Journal Title changed to "Addiction" from 1993.
Keywords: drug abuse, parents, Parent Bonding Instrument, Family factors, drug treatment
DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.1989.tb03464.x
ISSN: 1360-0443 (online) 0965-2140 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 08 Jan 2013 04:58
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2013 22:47

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