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Title: Challenging childhoods: Young people's accounts of 'getting by' in families with substance use problems
Author(s): Backett-Milburn, Kathryn
Wilson, Sarah
Bancroft, Angus
Cunningham-Burley, Sarah
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Keywords: childhoods
parental substance misuse
Issue Date: Nov-2008
Citation: Backett-Milburn K, Wilson S, Bancroft A & Cunningham-Burley S (2008) Challenging childhoods: Young people's accounts of 'getting by' in families with substance use problems, Childhood, 15 (4), pp. 461-479.
Abstract: Concern is increasing about children growing up in families where there are substance use problems but relatively little is known about the perspectives of the children themselves. We report on a qualitative study with young people who grew up in such families, exploring their accounts of their daily lives at home, school and leisure. We focus on the everyday interactions, practices and processes they felt helped them to ‘get by’ in their challenging childhoods, showing how the protective factors thought to promote ‘resilience’ were seldom in place for them unconditionally and without associated costs.
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Rights: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Childhood, Volume 15, Issue 4, 2008, © SAGE Publications, Inc., 2008 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Childhood page: on SAGE Journals Online:

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