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Towards identifying and supporting children of alcoholics: adolescents´ perspectives
Örebro University, Department of Health Sciences. (ICU)
Örebro University, Department of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences. (ICU)
2008 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: A large group among children and adolescents, who are at risk of abuse and neglect, are children of alcoholics (10-30%). Not all of them have big problems, but they are at risk for mental health problems, like emotional, behavioural, adaptive and cognitive problems as well as alcohol use disorder. In Sweden support groups for children of alcoholics (CoA) are common in the municipalities. However, only approximately 1% of the CoA gets this type of support, because few are identified and supported. The aim of this study is to describe how children of alcoholics signal being abused and neglected, and how they perceive that adults can identify, help and support them. Method: Support groups for CoA were identified in five Swedish municipalities, and adolescents who participate in theses groups were invited to participate in an interview study. Adolescents, 12 to 19 years old, were interviewed either individually or in focus groups. Twenty-seven adolescents, 24 girls and 3 boys, accepted the invitation. The difference between the number of girls and boys is due to the fact that fewer adolescent boys than girls participate in support groups. The interviews were transcribed and an inductive qualitative content analysis was implemented. The study has been approved by the regional research ethics committee. Results: Analysis is ongoing. The results will contribute to an understanding of how CoA signal being abused and neglected. The adolescents´ proposals what school can do to support will be given. Reasons for adolescents´ hesitation in telling adults about their situation will be highlighted. Full results will be reported. Conclusion: It is necessary to listen to the voices of children of alcoholics in order to overcome barriers to detection and support for many children living in this type of high risk families.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008.
Keywords [en]
Children of Alcoholics, adolescent´s voices, identification, support, disclosure
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Social Work Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-4588OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-4588DiVA, id: diva2:138887
Conference
XVIIth ISCPAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Towards a Caring and Non-violent Community: A Child's Perspective
Available from: 2008-09-18 Created: 2008-09-18 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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