Article

Challenging childhoods: Young people's accounts of 'getting by' in families with substance use problems

Citation

Backett-Milburn K, Wilson S, Bancroft A & Cunningham-Burley S (2008) Challenging childhoods: Young people's accounts of 'getting by' in families with substance use problems. Childhood, 15 (4), pp. 461-479. https://doi.org/10.1177/0907568208097202

Abstract
Concern is increasing about children growing up in families where there are substance use problems but relatively little is known about the perspectives of the children themselves. We report on a qualitative study with young people who grew up in such families, exploring their accounts of their daily lives at home, school and leisure. We focus on the everyday interactions, practices and processes they felt helped them to ‘get by’ in their challenging childhoods, showing how the protective factors thought to promote ‘resilience’ were seldom in place for them unconditionally and without associated costs.

Keywords
childhoods; families; resilience; parental substance misuse; Parents Substance abuse; Experience in children; Resilience (Personality trait) in children

Journal
Childhood: Volume 15, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Publication date30/11/2008
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/1402
PublisherSage
ISSN0907-5682