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Type of publication: Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science or / and Scopus (S1);Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science ar/ir Scopus (S1)
Field of Science: Politic sciences (S002);Politikos mokslai (S002)
Author(s): Jogaitė, Birutė;Tamutienė, Ilona
Title: Disclosure of alcohol-related harm: children’s experiences
Is part of: Nordic studies on alcohol and drugs. London: Sage publications Ltd, 2019, Vol. 36, iss. 3
Extent: p. 1-14
Date: 2019
Keywords: Alcoholabusing caregivers;Alcohol problems;Alkoholį vartojantys globėjai;Žala vaikams;Apkabinimas;Harm to childrens;Maltreatment;Problemos dėl alkoholio
Abstract: Objectives: (1) to learn to whom children disclose experiences of harm caused by their parents’ or carers’ substance abuse, (2) to show whether professionals enable children to disclose this harm, and (3) to highlight what kind of assistance they provide after disclosure of harm. Methods: The study is based on in-depth semi-structured interviews with children living with alcoholabusing caregivers in Lithuania. Twenty-three children, aged from 8 to 18 years, from social risk families participated in this study. Results: Children suffer not only from the maltreatment itself, but also from the associative stigma of the caregivers’ drinking. They prefer to disclose their troubles in informal settings because professionals often do not help children to disclose harm and may even ignore it. Conclusion: The analysis shows that when children reveal parental alcohol problems, there is no inquiry, follow-up, or management of the children’s problems related to the caregivers’ drinking. And yet, protective factors such as social support and positive experiences may enhance children’s resilience in adverse conditions. Policy-makers should reduce barriers to disclosure and refocus their strategies from risk identification to identification of protective factors. Professionals need to develop an understanding about how they can support children to disclose harms related to the caregivers’ drinking so that harms to children can be managed sensitively and well
Affiliation(s): Politikos mokslų ir diplomatijos fakultetas
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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