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NCJ Number: 134688 Find in a Library
Title: Problems of Child Abuse With Adolescents in Chemically Dependent Families
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Chemical Dependency  Volume:1  Issue:4  Dated:(1991)  Pages:9-24
Author(s): M G Schmidt
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 16
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Adolescent children of parents who are alcoholics or drug abusers may experience physical or sexual abuse and may become drug abusers themselves, indicating the need for appropriate treatment and prevention measures.
Abstract: About one-fourth of child abuse cases involve adolescent abuse, which is strongly linked to drug abuse. Factors related to this abuse include blurred generational boundaries, disintegrating marriages, reduced sex in the marriage, inhibition of normal anxiety, distorted emotional expression, denial and secrecy, rigid roles, disturbed sibling relationships, and other characteristics. Primary care for adolescents seeks to prevent abuse through outpatient efforts. Secondary treatment emphasizes a mental health concept of the adolescent's problem. Tertiary care involves inpatient treatment and assumes a high level of disability due to multiple problems for the adolescent. Case examples of adolescents who are children of alcoholics and abusers and who themselves may abuse drugs reveal the treatment issues involved. In addition, two prevention programs operating in New Jersey and Texas provide family therapy or comprehensive school-based treatment and represent possible interventions to teach successful intergenerational relationships and prevent abuse. 35 references
Main Term(s): Adolescent abuse; Children of alcoholics
Index Term(s): Child abuse causes; Child abuse situation remedies; Drug prevention programs; Juvenile drug treatment
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