n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - An examination of the linkages between parental substance abuse and child abuse : focus on familial substance abuse
|Article Title||An examination of the linkages between parental substance abuse and child abuse : focus on familial substance abuse|
|© Publisher:||South African Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC)|
|Journal||Child Abuse Research in South Africa|
|Publication Date||Oct 2006|
|Pages||1 - 7|
While much has been written on the topic of child abuse in South Africa, little evidence exists regarding the relationship between parental drug abuse and child abuse. In 1990 Potter-Effron and Potter-Effron examined the relationship between drug abuse and child abuse and identified a definite correlation between the two. There is also evidence to suggest that family members may have more to fear from each other than from total strangers. When a family has a drug dependent member, or members, the chances of interfamilial violence may increase. This article examines the drug / child abuse link and the effect of parental substance abuse on family dynamics. Drug abuse may influence a parent's cognitive abilities and emotions and contribute towards the parent abusing the child. The unique nature and structure of a family with a drug using parent makes it possible for child abuse to take place.
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