Case Study: Impact on Children of Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Mental Illness

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Studies have shown that children who grow up in families where there is substance misuse, mental illness or domestic violence are more vulnerable to significant harm (Kendall-Taylor and Mikulak 2009).Children’s vulnerability usually stems from the effects of substance misuse, domestic violence or mental illness on parenting ability. Substance misuse, domestic violence and mental illness can result in parent’s finding it difficult to organize their lives to meet both their personal needs and their children’s physical, emotional and social needs. Parents may also find it difficult to control their reactions and adverse mood fluctuations, thus, many children are often affected and some even for a life time .Naturally this can terrify children …show more content…
The increasing misuse of substance is attracting attention both nationally and internationally. In England and Walesin 2009/2010, 8.6% of adults (16 - 59 years) had consumed at least one or more illicit drug within the last year, juxtaposed with 10.1% in 2008/2009. This is an overall drop from 11.1% in 1996 (Eastwood 2011). However, a rising trend has been reported for alcohol abuse in England. In addition, many countries have also reported that gay and bisexual men experience problems curbing the abuse of alcohol and substance abuse. Alcohol related harms are of an increasing concern to the public health community. According to WHO, tragedies such as road traffic accidents, poisonings, burns, falls and drowning make up more than 33% of the disease burden as a result of substance misuse.
Beneficial effects of regular intake of small amounts of alcohol such as red wine have been suggested by some research. In spite of this, alcohol dependence can be potentially disastrous and it can also lead to social difficulties as well as psychological problems all of which may affect an individual’s parenting ability. Misuse occurs once the weekly limits (i.e., consumption of more than 21 small glasses per week for men and 14 small glasses per week for women) are not followed as recommended by medical experts. It is generally accepted that children grow up looking

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