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dc.contributor.authorBancroft, Angus-
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Sarah-
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-09T14:14:47Z-
dc.date.available2013-01-09T14:14:47Z-
dc.date.issued2007-09-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/1398-
dc.description.abstractParental drug and alcohol problems can have a profound impact on children. There is a growing policy and practice focus on this topic in the UK. Most is concerned with children of primary school age and younger. Older children tend to be neglected in the debate, and young people of age 16 and over are mostly absent from it. It is argued here that this reflects, and is reflected in, the construction of a ‘risk gradient’ in policy and practice. An analysis of Hidden Harm, the report of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs’ inquiry into the impact of parental drug misuse, and related documents is used to illustrate this. In the risk gradient, children are constructed as being at risk when younger, and becoming risky to themselves and others when older. The risk gradient stigmatises young people as manifesters of risk, diminishes ongoing difficulties they face, and denies their coping strategies. The definition of risk as manifesting in institutional settings and services underscores this. It encourages a focus on parent-child risk transfer, to the detriment of other difficulties the child or young person may be facing, and renders the young person invisible when they leave service contexts. Finally, the culturally and legally established distinction between illicit drugs and alcohol tends to isolate families with alcohol problems. Most of the response to parental substance use has focused on illicit drugs, rendering the difficulties of young people affected by alcohol problems less visible except as when they are manifesters of risk.en_UK
dc.language.isoen-
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)-
dc.relationBancroft A & Wilson S (2007) The 'Risk Gradient' in policy on children of drug and alcohol users: Framing young people as risky, Health, Risk and Society, 9 (3), pp. 311-322.-
dc.rightsPublished in Health, Risk and Society by Taylor & Francis (Routledge).; This is an electronic version of an article published in Health, Risk and Society, Volume 9, Issue 3, September 2007, pp. 311 - 322. Health, Risk and Society is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1369-8575&volume=9&issue=3&spage=311-
dc.subjectrisken_UK
dc.subjectrisk gradienten_UK
dc.subjectparentsen_UK
dc.subjectyoung peopleen_UK
dc.subjectchildrenen_UK
dc.subjectdrugsen_UK
dc.subjectalcoholen_UK
dc.subject.lcshSubstance abuse Social aspects-
dc.subject.lcshSubstance abuse Research-
dc.subject.lcshDrug abuse-
dc.subject.lcshAlcoholism-
dc.titleThe 'Risk Gradient' in policy on children of drug and alcohol users: Framing young people as riskyen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13698570701488837-
dc.citation.jtitleHealth, Risk and Society-
dc.citation.issn1369-8575-
dc.citation.volume9-
dc.citation.issue3-
dc.citation.spage311-
dc.citation.epage322-
dc.citation.publicationstatusPublished-
dc.citation.peerreviewedRefereed-
dc.type.statusPost-print (author final draft post-refereeing)-
dc.author.emailsarah.wilson@stir.ac.uk-
dc.citation.date06/09/2007-
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Edinburgh-
dc.contributor.affiliationApplied Social Science-
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