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NCJ Number: 218202 
Title: Drugs and Identity: Being a Junkie Mum (From Drugs and Popular Culture: Drugs, Media and Identity in Contemporary Society, P 211-226, 2007, Paul Manning, ed. -- See NCJ-218196)
Author(s): Sarah Dalal Goode
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In order to examine the relationship between women's identities as mothers and their identities as drug users, this chapter draws on interviews with 48 women living in the West Midlands area of England.
Abstract: The findings show that these women struggle to maintain their identities and responsibilities as mothers even while remaining substance-dependent. The women may engage in self-deceptions regarding the fulfillment of their parenting role, but this tends to be a coping mechanism rather than a devaluing of their identity and role as a mother. It is this sense of having a normative and acceptable identity as a mother that may hold the key to treating their debilitating drug abuse that undermines their parenting responsibilities. In their study of recovery from drug addiction, James McIntosh and Neil McKeganey (2002) emphasize the significance of a "spoiled identity" in the drug addict's motivation to quit drug use. The addict who commits to a drug-free life is motivated by the strong desire to repair his/her sense of worth by regaining a positive sense of self as a loving, responsible person. In the case of the women in the current study, this would involve building an authentic identity as a loving, responsible mother to her children. 38 references
Main Term(s): Drug treatment
Index Term(s): Children of drug abusers; Drug offenders; Female offenders; Foreign criminal justice research; Self concept; Self evaluation; Treatment techniques; United Kingdom (UK)
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