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Drug abusers perceptions of their parents.

By Robert Schweitzer and Patricia Lawton


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

Topics: 170106 Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology, drug abuse, parents, Parent Bonding Instrument, Family factors, drug treatment
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Year: 1989
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.1989.tb03464.x
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:56137
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