By Marcia Jackson, Hilary Klee, Suzan Lewis
The starting to be use of illicit medicines between ladies has turn into an immense difficulty for healthiness pros and social companies. The reluctance of drug-using girls to hunt aid from drug corporations and to reveal their use of substances to ante-natal, midwifery and social prone is now formally recognized by way of govt organisations. although, devising a suitable approach that would triumph over those fears are not effortless with out a higher knowing in their factors and results. Drug Misuse and Motherhood provides drug-using moms a voice. according to longitudinal examine and in-depth interviews it offers new insights and much-needed info in 5 key parts: * relatives existence* being pregnant* motherhood* carrier supply and improvement* implications for coverage. The user-perspective of this booklet is balanced through the pro point of view at the similar concerns. It deals a distinct resource of knowledge for researchers and clean thought for practitioners operating within the box.
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A higher proportion of teenage children from lone parent families report having offended (Social Focus on Families, 1997) and problems such as child custody and children taken into care are particularly pronounced. Fears of removal of children into care are, as we shall see throughout this book, a major influence on drug-using mothers that leads to a reluctance to approach helping agencies. THE CHILDREN The problems associated with social disadvantage and isolation among drug-using women perhaps become most marked during pregnancy and can influence their parenting behaviour.
Public attitudes towards pregnant drug users and drug-using mothers in Europe may be similar to those in the US, but there seems to have been no research on this topic. STIGMATISATION: COUNTERPRODUCTIVE CONSEQUENCES Perhaps the most wide-reaching and long-lasting effect of the apparently merciless judgement of drug-using mothers by the press, the law and the public has been their increasing reluctance to approach medical services (Guerra, 1998; LGDF/SCODA, 1997; Mounteney, 1999; Sheridan, 1995) (see also Chapter 2).
The evidence from parents themselves is generally unavailable since empirical studies of parenting by drug users have not often been reported in published literature. This is understandable since drug-using parents attempt to remain hidden to avoid the attention of the authorities. Traditionally the literature on drug use and parenting has focused on the effects of drug use on the unborn child, largely based on US data (Deren, 1986; Hawk, 1994; Zellman, 1993), and research on parenting by alcoholics.