To explore the perspectives of young people whose parents misuse substances, and to understand how to promote resilience amongst these young people.
Parental substance misuse has harmful impacts on children, proving to be a major child protection and public health concern. As some young people whose parents misuse substances are more resilient and others more vulnerable, increasing resilience among this population is important. Qualitative research on the views of young people has the potential to enable a child-centred understanding of parental substance misuse and to identify implications for practice and policy.
Three key components
The team will review the qualitative literature on the experiences, impacts and coping strategies of children and young people whose parents misuse substances. This will identify gaps in knowledge and understanding that the project will build upon.
We will talk to young people whose parents misuse substances (in person or online) to explore and understand their experiences and how best to support them. This will ensure we are remaining child-focused, and can begin to develop resources relevant and meaningful to young people.
To further ensure we can develop relevant and meaningful resources, we will consult with a number of public health practitioners and policy makers, including those who support young people. From this project, we would like to have the early development of resources that promote resilience amongst young people whose parents misuse substances.
Young people have: identified meaningful research priorities; provided feedback on early findings and; developed research materials. Young people will continue to be involved in our project by developing resources to promote resilience. Vivienne Evans OBE, Chief Executive of Adfam, a national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol, is a practice advisor on this project. Other practice colleagues have also been involved in the design of the project, and will help with recruitment and the development of resources.
We hope to communicate our findings across academic, practice and policy audiences. We will communicate via Adfam, by presenting at their regional and national forums, and/or producing a document for their website. We also aim to publish our work in peer-reviewed journals and present at national and international conferences.